Friday, 23 February, 2018

Merkel and Xi meet to lay foundations for G20 talks

Merkel and Xi meet to lay foundations for G20 talks Merkel and Xi meet to lay foundations for G20 talks
Lance Thomas | 06 July, 2017, 00:09

Both leaders have a lot to discuss, from the issues of refugees to the counter-terrorism measures.

Trump was expected to return to the White House Monday evening.

"We know the positions of the U.S. government and I do not expect them to disappear on a two-day trip to Hamburg", the chancellor said.

In remarks last week, Mrs Merkel raised the prospect of an open clash with Mr Trump at the Hamburg summit, although some Trump administration officials have played down the discord.

Trump also talked with Middle East leaders in an effort to untangle the diplomatic standoff between Saudi Arabia and three other Arab countries with Qatar. "It will be dominated by climate change, by free trade, by immigration, and these are issues where Trump is - more or less - alone". In its new manifesto the CDU/CSU refers to the relationship as Germany's most important "partnership" outside Europe.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has stood by her suggestion that Europe can no longer rely entirely on the U.S. and declared that Germany and China can work together to help calm the world's problems.

Since 1979, the United States has recognized China's official position that Taiwan is part of China.

"We're looking for the G-20, and if that's not possible, then the G-19, to go forward with implementing the Paris agreement and maybe doing even more", Greenpeace International's executive director Jennifer Morgan told The Associated Press.

Trump "addressed his concerns", the White House said, about the dispute the Saudis, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates have with Qatar. But with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan joining him at the Group of 20 meetings in Germany this week, Trump is unlikely to be the only target for demonstrators.

Thousands have attended a rally in the northern German city of Hamburg to protest at an imminent meeting of leaders of the world's major industrialized and emerging economies, known as G20.

Police unleashed water cannon on demonstrators in Hamburg's St. Pauli district late Monday after activists had set up camps for people gearing up to protest the G-20 meeting on Friday and Saturday, according to organizers.

Chinese President Xi Jinping said he will have in-depth discussions with German leaders during his upcoming state visit and strive for greater progress in the already high-level development of bilateral ties.

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