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Trump appears to snub high-fiving Putin and Saudi prince at G20

Trump appears to snub high-fiving Putin and Saudi prince at G20

In the investment field, they discussed the opportunities for Saudi Arabia to invest in India's infrastructure through the Public Investment Fund, a sovereign wealth fund owned by the kingdom.

Besides Russia-US relations, another major "undercurrent" is the looming trade war between Washington and Beijing, with a possible exchange of opinions between the leaders on tariffs and protectionism.

Hopes of progress over tariffs in Mr Trump's expected talks with Chinese leader Xi Jinping have been dampened.

But Trump has threatened to target the remaining $267 billion worth of Chinese imports as well, hitting Apple iPhones and laptops produced in China.

"If you jack the tariffs up to 25 percent and then others retaliate, the impact could go all the way up to nearly 1 percent", he said.

The G20 Summit 2018 is the 13th meeting of Group of Twenty (G20) countries where the leaders of these nations will come together to discuss important global issues. But the divisions have only highlighted how fractured the grouping has become on key global issues.

"I know you've done a fantastic job in a very short period of time".

When asked about China-US trade and business developments, Gao said China has repeatedly stressed that the essence of bilateral economic and trade cooperation is to reach win-win results. "I think they want to, and I think we'd like to".

Donald Trump made a series of contradicting statements ahead of the event, about meeting Russia's Vladimir Putin in Buenos Aires, with his sudden change of heart causing a lot of confusion. "I hope that the U.S. and China will move toward each other and work hard to achieve positive results", Gao said. In response, Beijing slapped $50 billion of USA goods with additional levies, prior to Trump's decision to add taxes for an additional $200 billion in Chinese products.

Merkel's arriving later than intended because a technical issue with her government plane forced her to change plans, but spokeswoman Martina Fietz said Friday she'll still meet one-on-one with Putin on Saturday morning.

The US president cancelled a formal sit-down with Mr Putin at the summit in Argentina over Moscow's seizure of Ukrainian vessels.

"We're working very hard".

"Based on the fact that the ships and sailors have not been returned to Ukraine from Russian Federation, I have decided it would be best for all parties concerned to cancel my previously scheduled meeting in Argentina with President Vladimir Putin", Trump tweeted Thursday before leaving Washington, D.C.

The British government issued a statement saying that the new flight, as well as annual bilateral air services discussions, was part of the recognition 'that building closer links represents a shared goal'. "This is important. We still need a full scale meeting", the source told Reuters.

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.

Also expected to loom large are tensions between longtime allies the United States and Europe, the gruesome slaying of a dissident Saudi journalist and how the Saudi crown prince who is alleged to have ordered the killing is received by world leaders.

Ramaphosa left South Africa for Argentina on Thursday to attend the G20 summit. Saudi Arabia has said he had no prior knowledge of the murder.

Argentina has deployed around 25,000 police officers and soldiers to prevent violence similar to that seen during last year's G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, when hundreds of police officers were injured.

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