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Diplomats struggle for agreement on G-20 summit statement

Diplomats struggle for agreement on G-20 summit statement

Meanwhile, two men under heavy criticism from the West lately - Russian President Vladimir Putin and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman - appeared to seek refuge in each other, bonding with a tough-guy hand grab as the leaders sat down around a huge round table for talks.

Ms Merkel also said she hopes a meeting between the U.S. and Chinese leaders will help resolve trade tensions between the two countries.

Last week the US President said "it could very well be that the Crown Prince had knowledge" of the planning and execution of Mr Khashoggi's murder, but that the US meant to "remain a steadfast partner of Saudi Arabia".

"Tension between the U.S. and China is creating a dent on a meaningful part of that global trading system". It doesn't mention the word "protectionism", however, after negotiators said that had met resistance from the United Unite States. "I think really the headline story is on trade reform". The European Union is also pushing for reform at the WTO.

Meeting world leaders at the G20 summit was a test for Mohammed bin Salman to see who would snub him.

The "Baby Trump" balloon is seen ahead of the G20 leaders summit, in front of the Congress building in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Nov. 29, 2018.

Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping were due to meet later Saturday after the summit's close.

The first day of the G20 summit offered glimmers of hope for progress between Washington and Beijing despite Trump's earlier threat of new tariffs, which would increase tensions already weighing on the growth of the global economy.

Applause rose up in the hall Saturday as the leaders, including U.S. President Donald Trump, signed off on a final statement at the end of a two-day summit.

The Group of 20 brings together leaders of 19 of the world's most industrialised nations plus the EU.

US President Donald Trump has cancelled a meeting with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, in protest at Russia's seizure of Ukrainian naval boats. Saudi Arabia has blamed "rogue agents" but suspicion has fallen on the prince for ordering the killing.

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"The trade war between the United States and China does not favour global commerce".

After the meeting, the PMO tweeted that the two leaders held productive discussions. But U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has refrained from officially designating the nation as a manipulator.

Trump declares it a victory on behalf of the USA workers he claims were cheated by Nafta.

The US has hit $250bn of Chinese goods with tariffs since July, and China has retaliated by imposing duties on $110bn of US products.

"You've done a lot of things that they've wanted over [in Australia] and that's why you're sitting right here."
"I like the deal we have now".

"The first and in our view most likely is continuing on the current path of "escalation" - tariff rates rise to 25 percent on all imports now under tariff, and tariffs are extended to remaining Chinese imports", Goldman said in a note outlining three basic scenarios it sees for the meeting's outcome.

The US government has slapped tariffs on $250 billion of Chinese goods to force concessions that would change the terms of trade between the world's two largest economies.

Trump, recently unnerved by shaky United States markets and the closure announcement of General Motors factories in OH, has appeared more open to a trade breakthrough with China in the last several days, according to people who have spoken to him. China calls the United States protectionist and has resisted what it views as attempts to intimidate it.

The chicken tax is so named because it is a vestige of a half-century-old tranche of tariffs that were created to retaliate against France and West Germany for their tariffs on USA poultry.

On Friday, Xi and leaders from the BRICS group of leading emerging economies - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa - called in a statement for open worldwide trade and a strengthening of the WTO.

Diplomats from the G-20 countries were haggling hard over a final joint statement, with disagreement over what language to use on the Paris climate accord and the World Trade Organization.

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