Trump Debating China Deal or No Heading into G20


In a blow to Australian hopes of any detailed discussion with Mr Trump, the summit will not include a formal bilateral meeting between the US President and Mr Morrison. Trump went back and forth on potentially cancelling the meeting throughout the week after the Kerch Strait incident between Russian Federation and Ukraine. A meeting with Trump has not been ruled out by the White House.

Administration officials have been putting the final touches on a report laying out the conclusions of a Commerce Department study of auto imports that has to be presented to Trump by February.

The Trump administration has levied 25 percent tariffs on Chinese goods worth more than $34bn in July. "Personally, I'm in favour of transparency and associating the global community in this affair, because the whole world is concerned", he said. The two presidents plan to discuss the situations in Syria, Libya and Ukraine as well as USA plans to leave the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, according to Kremlin aide Yury Ushakov.

"Failure to agree on the communique at the Apec meeting. also suggests that there is quite substantial distance between the two sides, and there doesn't seem to be a specific proposal on the table yet to end the impasse". According to Ushakov, Putin and Abe will discuss the establishment of а mechanism for negotiations on the Kuril Islands.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan may meet Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the first time.

Protesters also rallied in front of Argentina's National Congress carrying a giant "Baby Trump".

After world leaders convene the morning of Friday Nov. 30 in Argentina, Donald Trump and Xi Jinping are scheduled to meet for dinner and trade talks on Saturday, Dec. 1.

While being under investigation, the Saudi crown prince will have full immunity during his visit to Argentina, Argentine Deputy Foreign Minister Daniel Raimondi told Sputnik on Thursday.

Deep divisions between the USA and China over global trade issues stymied cooperation at the APEC, leaving the 21 member-nations failing to agree on a customary joint statement on shared goals for the first time in the group's 25-year history.

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Earlier this week Trump gave an interview to the Wall Street Journal in which he said it was highly unlikely he would delay the increase in the rate of the existing tariffs and, if there were no deal struck in Buenos Aires, he would impose tariffs on the remaining imports at a rate of either 10 per cent or 25 per cent. His administration is eager to preserve the backing of the European Union and Japan as it takes on Chinese trade practices that are of concern to companies in all three economies.

While leaders will try to build consensus on key issues, the talks will be overshadowed by trade tensions between the United States and China.

Trump is considering widening the tariffs on Chinese-made imports to the USA, which could mean new duties on Apple products of between 10 and 25 percent.

The meeting between US President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart will also be in focus.

However, it has since expanded its agenda beyond economic and financial issues to encompass geopolitical matters and issues of peace and security, global governance, environment and worldwide terrorism.

The G20 meeting is probably the last opportunity to avert an escalation of trade hostilities that are slowing China's economy and starting to have repercussions in the US.

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump walk from Air Force One, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018, as they arrive at the Ministro Pistarini worldwide airport in Buenos Aires, Argentina. "Argentine President Mauricio Macri, the summit's host, has lowered expectations".

The G20 summit has taken place every year for the past 10 years, to discuss world affairs.