Published: Sun, December 02, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Trump to bring China hardliner Navarro to Xi meeting

Trump to bring China hardliner Navarro to Xi meeting

G20 leaders and their partners pose for a group photo prior to a gala dinner (G20 Press Office/AP) Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman talks with Russia's President Vladimir Putin at the G20.

Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) meets with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Nov. 30, 2018. Highlighting the need to work closely towards common interests, he stressed on the need for unity among developing nations of the world.

An unorthodox solution has emerged: because of resistance from the Trump administration, an official in the French president's office said the statement may use language which sets the United States apart.

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman was among the G20 leaders and was greeted especially warmly by President Vladimir Putin of Russian Federation. Human Rights Watch asked Argentine prosecutors to investigate him for human rights abuses.

Host country Argentina was caught between the two powers on Friday when the White House claimed that Buenos Aires agrees with Washington that China's trade policies are "predatory".

What Mr Trump appeared to lack in understanding of events within the Liberal party room, he made up for in enthusiasm towards Mr Morrison's achievements in his first three months in office.

His decision came as a U.S. probe into Russia's role in Trump's election campaign intensified.

Putin jetted into Buenos Aires Friday morning, and the Kremlin said it "regrets" Trump's decision to scrap the meeting.

In the wake of the meeting between Macri and Trump, the finance and energy ministries and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin signed an agreement to foster cooperation and identify "trade and investment opportunities" in the energy sector, the local publication added.

"I just said we brought it up", she said. "The US should give its habitual winner-take-all approach to global relations the weekend off", it said.

G20 representatives had not yet reached consensus on the wording of the summit's communique, with differences in particular on trade.

"I think the worst of it is that the conflict between China and the U.S.is again showing the limits of multilateral institutions, in particular the World Trade Organization", Roberto Bouzas, an global relations and economics professor at the Universidad de San Andres, tells VOA.

The G20 includes Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States and the European Union.

Trump himself said Bush had "inspired generations of his fellow Americans to public service".

But China also pushed back in talks on steel, South Africa objected to language on trade, Australia didn't want the statement to be too soft on migration and Turkey anxious it would push too far on climate change, according to the officials.

Trump on Tuesday threatened to cancel his planned talks with Putin at the G20 summit, but the Kremlin said it still expected the encounter to go ahead. Speaking to reporters alongside German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Trump said that he was hoping to talk about trade.

Macron and British Prime Minister Theresa May both raised the murder of Khashoggi during meetings with the 33-year-old prince.

Left alone on the world stage, President Macri after US President Donald Trump walked off stage.

May also told British media she meant to use the summit to sell the vision of a "global Britain" after its Brexit departure from the European Union, scheduled for March next year.

Mr Morrison will also begin with a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron to discuss the $50 billion contract being negotiated with a French state-owned company to build Australia's newest submarine fleet.

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