G-20 agrees on trade, migration, US goes own way on climate

G20 Summit presses for WTO reforms pushes for multilateral trading system

It was Trump's second cancellation of the summit after he snubbed Russian President Vladimir Putin in Buenos Aires, citing Russia's recent naval skirmish with Ukraine, and he has also downgraded meetings with other G20 leaders to make them less formal.

First among those taboos is "protectionism".

As well as mistrust between nations, and the risk of confrontation and escalation, Mr, Guterres said that there was a lack of trust between peoples in general and institutions everywhere, both at a national level - in the form of governments and parliaments - and internationally; because globalization has divided the world into winners and losers. He has even threatened to withdraw the United States from the global body.

A senior White House official said the joint statement meets many US objectives and stressed that it includes language about WTO reform. Is it achieving its intended objectives?

Trump praised Japan's purchases of F-35s and other US fighter jets, a move that would significantly reduce the deficit. "We therefore support the necessary reform of the WTO to improve its functioning", the final declaration said.

The summit statement's language on climate was welcomed by environmental groups such as the World Wildlife Fund and Greenpeace, the latter of which said in a statement: "The necessity of the US being part of the effort to fight climate change can not be denied, but this is a demonstration that the U.S.is still the odd one out".

European Union officials said that a key step in clinching a deal was getting China and major emerging economies to commit to language on trade early this week.

During a meeting with Xi in the capital of Argentina, Abe said he hopes that the United States and Chinese leaders will have a fruitful discussion, according to the Japanese official.

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At the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit last month, leaders of the 21 members failed to finalize a joint declaration for the first time since the forum began in 1993, against a backdrop of the deepening divide between Washington and Beijing.

With US President Donald Trump waging a trade war against China and others, the statement omitted pre-Trump pledges by the G20 to fight protectionism and uphold multilateral trading rules.

Beyond entrenching their position, USA officials said they saw growing dissent, even if the communique still resulted in a 19 versus 1 declaration backing the Paris climate pact.

Language regarding immigration was also allegedly watered down to appease Trump.

In the statement, the three parties called on the worldwide community to join hands in building a low-carbon society and pursuing sustainable development, as they defined climate change as critical to the future of the humanity.

"That was what they discussed (Saturday) morning till noon", an Argentine government spokeswoman said, just hours before the communique was made public.

China takes the implementation of the Paris Agreement as an inherent part of its own sustainable development, and has taken decisive actions in this regard, which has resulted in concrete achievements, Wang said, adding that it will continue devoting itself to better global climate governance, deeper South-South cooperation in fight against climate change and a greener Belt and Road, Wang said.

"There is always at least one overnighter in sessions like these", said the delegate closely involved in the drafting, adding "sometimes it was tough to find the right word to stick to the middle ground".

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