US-China trade war, Iran to overshadow G20 talks

      Published on Monday, 1 July , 2019      138 Views     

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The G20 summit opened Friday in the western Japanese city of Osaka, with geopolitical tensions and trade set to dominate talks.

The high-stakes meeting of leaders of the world’s largest economies runs for two days.

US President Donald Trump met with the host, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, before holding bilateral talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Speaking to reporters, he praised trade ties between the two countries and described Merkel as “a great friend of mine.”

The chancellor said she also planned to raise the issues of Iran and counterterrorism with Trump.

Merkel arrived in Osaka early Friday, a day after suffering an episode of shaking that had led to questions about her health.

Putin-Trump relationship ‘very good’

The US president also met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin. He was later due to sit down with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Ahead of his meeting with Putin, Trump spoke of their “very, very good relationship,” adding that it was “a great honor” to be with him. The two leaders last held face-to-face talks in Helsinki in July.

When a reporter in Osaka asked Trump, “Will you tell Russia not to meddle in the 2020 election?” he turned to Putin with a smile and said “Don’t meddle in the election.”

G20 Osaka Summit 2019 group photo (picture-alliance/AP Photo/A. Wyld)World leaders are meeting in Osaka for the 2019 G20 Summit

Trade row

One of the most anticipated events of the summit is the planned meeting between Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday.

The two countries are locked in a damaging trade war, and many leaders will be eagerly watching to see if they can manage to strike an agreement to end hostilities.

The last time Trump and Xi met face to face was at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires in December.

Category News | 2019/07/01 latest update at 3:00 AM
Source : DW | Photocredit : Google
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