Xi calls on G20 to protect trade system as Trump showdown looms

Saudi prince in Argentina as G20 summit tensions brew

Auto tariffs on both sides have increased in the US-China trade war.

In fact, Trump's skepticism that global warming is caused by human activity has even raised questions about whether the countries will be able to reach enough consensus on the issue to include it in the summit's final communique.

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

Argentine President Mauricio Macri, who was also the term president for the summit, welcomed guests, including 19 world leaders and European Union representatives.

The summit is meant to focus on issues such as labor, infrastructure, development, financial stability, climate sustainability and worldwide commerce.

Among the world leaders the crown prince also met with on day one included Indonesia's vice president and South Africa's president Cyril Ramaphosa, where he discussed cooperation in the fields of energy and investment. -China trade dispute to the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

Also Friday, European Council President Donald Tusk urged G-20 leaders to discuss "trade wars, the tragic situation in Syria and Yemen, and Russian aggression in Ukraine".

And during a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron, Putin was said by a French aide to have drawn a map of the strait off Crimea to buttress his position that the Ukrainian ships had intruded into Russian waters - a claim denied by Kiev.

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.

Bin Salman told Macron not to worry, but Macron countered, "I am anxious".

What Mr Trump appeared to lack in understanding of events within the Liberal party room, he made up for in enthusiasm towards Mr Morrison's achievements in his first three months in office.

There had been speculation that Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau might not attend and send his foreign minister instead if Mr Trump does not lift steel and aluminium tariffs, but a Canadian broadcaster reported late on Thursday that he would be at the ceremony.

Argentina's presidency voiced cautious optimism that consensus would be reached, but a White House official said the United States would walk away from any statement that prejudiced US interests.

Trump called the pact a "model agreement that changes the trade landscape forever".

"These agreements are massive, and a vast number of technical details need to be scrubbed and wrapped up", she said.

Trump is set to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G20 summit this week in Buenos Aires, Argentina amidst the intensifying trade war between the world's two largest economies.

Thousands of people on Friday demonstrated against a G20 summit taking place in Buenos Aires, accusing the group of industrialized nations of imperialism and exploitation. "We'll see", he said, speaking during a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The two countries have always been at odds over the South Atlantic islands known as the Falklands in Britain and the Malvinas in Argentina.

Standing next to Melania was Argentinian President Mauricio Macri's wife, Juliana, who wore a white flowing maxi dress as she led the group picture.

Macron told the prince that Europeans wanted worldwide investigators to take part in the probe on Khashoggi's death and stressed "the necessity of a political solution in Yemen", the Elysee Palace said.

The US president has lashed out at GM over its plan to cut more than 14,000 jobs and close factories in North America.

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