Published: Sat, December 01, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

MBS mingles with G20 leaders as Trump fuels summit tensions

MBS mingles with G20 leaders as Trump fuels summit tensions

Trump called off talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the summit, officially due to outrage over Moscow's naval skirmishes with Ukraine.

Trump met Friday with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a rare trilateral meeting.

Later in the day U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer announced that Trump had ordered a separate review of China's 40 percent tariff on auto imports from the U.S., 25 percentage points of which is the result of Chinese retaliation against Trump's own tariffs on imports from China. Saudi Arabia's de facto ruler arrived under swirling controversy over the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October.

In the two minutes of the Buenos Aires meeting open to the media, Mr Trump's first remarks suggested he was still coming to grips with the Australian leadership change that had now delivered the second prime minister of his presidency.

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 USA apart.

But Trump is also under mounting pressure at home in an investigation over whether his presidential campaign colluded with Russian Federation - a topic sure to dominate his press conference shortly before he meets Xi over dinner.

Shortly before the summit kicks off, Trump's "America First" charge will bear fruit with the signing in Buenos Aires of a successor to the North American free trade pact NAFTA.

They agreed on the need for "maintaining vigorous enforcement of existing sanctions to ensure the DPRK understands that denuclearization is the only path", Sanders said, using the North's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

When President Donald Trump sits down for dinner Saturday with Chinese leader Xi Jinping, their table talk will undoubtedly have a global impact. "I think I understood you better in your language than I did on this, but that's OK", Trump told Macri and then dropped his earpiece on the floor. It's the way to push the limits of what is possible; understanding that every country has its preferences, values and interests, but we all agree on something: "we want to promote sustainable development", he said.

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"This is a model agreement that changes the trade landscape forever", Trump said at the signing ceremony in Buenos Aires.

There are also questions about how to handle the awkward presence of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Mr Macron also called for global involvement and "complete clarity" in investigations into the killing of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and said European leaders should discuss it at a meeting Friday. Oil prices have slid in recent weeks on concerns of softening global growth caused by the US-China trade war.

Two European officials involved in the discussions said the US was stymieing progress on both.

Trump argues that the massive balance of trade in China's favour is not sustainable for the American economy.

President of Argentina Mauricio Macri speaks to the press as President Donald Trump holds his translation device before during a meeting ahead of the G20 Summit 2018 at Casa Rosada on November 30.

Donald Trump has accused China of engaging in unfair trade practices and stealing U.S. technology.

The three countries agreed a deal in principle to govern their trillion dollars of mutual trade after a year and a half of contentious talks concluded just an hour before a deadline on September 30.

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