Published: Sun, December 02, 2018
World News | By Sandy Lane

Trump to meet with Chinese President Xi at G-20

Trump to meet with Chinese President Xi at G-20

President of Argentina Mauricio Macri greets U.S. President Donald Trump upon his arrival during the opening day of Argentina G20 Leaders' Summit 2018 at Costa Salguero on November 30 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Argentinian President Mauricio Macri opened the Group of 20 leaders' summit in Buenos Aires on Friday (Nov 30) with a call for worldwide cooperation, urging the world's 20 largest economies to come together to tackle common challenges even as he acknowledged growing doubts about multilateralism.

On the G20 margins, Trump scored one victory for his "America First" agenda with the signing of a successor to the North American free trade pact NAFTA, the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).

On migration, the USA negotiator said too much talk about migration would have been a "deal-breaker" for Trump, the European officials said.

A joint declaration is expected to be published at the end of the summit on Saturday.

We don't have any preconditions because the matters that we need to discuss are too important.strategic stability is a number one priority because it is related to the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons.

Trump was still scheduled to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping, but analysts were not optimistic about prospects for a major breakthrough on the two countries' trade disputes a month before U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods are set to ramp up. "We'll see", he said.

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But U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has refrained from officially designating the nation as a manipulator.

The two leaders would also agree on a "framework" for further talks, USA officials such as Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross have said publicly.

"I express my heartiest thanks to you (President Xi) for taking out time for this meeting", he said. "We are debating (trade and climate change) more closely because we want to reach the consensus of all the countries involved".

Mr Faurie said the final communique does not require the signature of presidents.

The G20 summit is the biggest worldwide gathering in Argentina's history, and the protest underlined security concerns after recent football violence forced the relocation of a showpiece final to Spain.

With a major United Nations meeting on climate change starting in Poland straight after the G20, United Nations chief Antonio Guterres said in Buenos Aires that "this is a make-it-or-break-it moment".

The presence of Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the summit also made waves amid swirling controversy over the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

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French President Emmanuel Macron said he told the prince in a separate meeting that Europeans will insist on worldwide experts being part of the investigation into Khashoggi's killing, Reuters reported. The Saudi foreign ministry said the prince had meetings with his French, South Korean and Mexican counterparts.

Saudia Arabia has denied that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman played a role in Khashoggi's gruesome slaying.

With the United States and China locked in growing disputes over commerce and security that have raised questions about the future of their relationship, global financial markets next week will take their lead from the outcome of talks between Trump and Xi over dinner on Saturday.

Since March, Trump and Xi have engaged in a tit-for-tat trade war and saber-rattling as the rest of the world waits to see who blinks first.

Mr Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping are due to meet on the sidelines of the summit in Buenos Aires. "They are not focusing on the people who have needs", barber Ariel Villegas, 47, said at one protest Thursday outside the Argentine Congress building.

The prince was also seen chatting with President Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka, although in a nod to U.S. domestic outrage over Saudi Arabia, the White House downplayed the encounter.

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