The annual summit of the Group of 20 Nations takes place in Osaka, Japan. Right at the top of the agenda is the continuing trade war between China and the US, the world's two largest economies.
The G20 is an international forum of heads of state and government from 19 countries and the European Union.
In summary, the group represents more than 80 percent of world economic output and two-thirds of the population. Its primary objective is to promote international financial stability.
Here are the latest updates:
Friday, June 28:
Climate change splits G20 states
The US is trying to get the G20 leaders to mitigate their position against climate change. But that is strongly rejected by the EU countries. French President Emmanuel Macron said that the removal of a reference to the Paris Agreement in the final declaration would be a red line for him.
And here are climate activists in Osaka protesting against the tripling of aid for coal power by the G20 nations.
The leaders of the world really need to listen ̵1; there is no clean coal!
– 350 points org (@ 350) June 28, 2019
Trump Putin meeting
Donald Trump has met Russian President Vladimir Putin. James Bays of Al Jazeera was also there:
"There are many major issues that distinguish these two countries, and certainly, when you privately talk to military commanders in the US, they are deeply concerned about Russia and Russia's threats Ukraine's involvement in Syria, Russia, which seeks to break some contracts regulating nuclear relations between the two.
"It is a tense time, but no tense relationship, it seems, between the two leaders."  Over the clatter of cameras by photographers, a reporter asked Trump if he wanted to tell Putin not to interfere in US elections in the future.Trump replied, "Yes, of course I will." Then he turned to Putin with a smile, saying, "Please do not get involved in the election!"
Here are our top story picks on G20:
Deal or No Deal? The Danger of a Deepening Christmas Warfare: Chinese factories feel rocked by US trade
"Many of us are losing our sleep": US farmers staggering as the trade war continues
Who pays for Trump's tariffs: US consumers, companies or China?
Focus on technology and data
After the photo session, leaders joined the "side event on digital economy."
Chinese President Xi Jinping called for a "fair, equitable and non-discriminatory market environment" adding that "data for the digital economy is the same as oil for industrialized countries."
President Trump's comments Cautious: "Along with the expansion of digital commerce, we also need the resilience and security of our 5G network
– Reuters Top News (@Reuters) June 28, 2019
One of the crux of the trade war between the US and China is Trump's move to prevent US companies from Selling important components such as computer chips to Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei, the leader in the latest 5G mobile phone technology, is a national security issue.
Trade war damages global growth
EU leaders warned Friday about the damage that will be caused by the beginning of the world economic summit.
Trade relations between the US and China are "difficult" and contribute to a European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said at a press conference that the EU is closely involved in the reform of the World Trade Organization (WTO) USA, China and Japan work together. 19659004] In the meantime, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi also spoke about the need for reform of the WTO.
The development of the world economy is largely driven by one-sided decisions and disputes that affect the entire system.
"We should continue to focus on reforming the World Trade Organization to achieve a balanced world economic development, and this growth is therefore open to all," said Modi at a meeting of leaders from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa th The BRICS states on the sidelines of the G20 summit.
No Unpleasant Moments for the Saudi Crown Prince
James Bays of Al Jazeera on how the Japanese have avoided angering the Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman at this year's G20:
It's worth mentioning that the last time there was a G20 in Buenos Aires, the family photo turned to him, because there were some who did not shake hands with some of the shots of the different leaders who went to the family photo together,
"You really could not make anyone out, so I think the moments when people looked rather cold at others or not shaking hands were not really obvious to us. "
China's Xi says the Gulf is at a crossroads
Chinese President Xi said on Friday that the Gulf is now in a very delicate situation and" at a crossroads of war and peace, "reports state media coverage
China is always on the side of peace and opposes the war, Xi told UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Osaka, the state news agency Xinhua said.
# 39; A Fantastic Woman & # 39;
Following his meetings with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Indian Prime Minister Modi, President Trump had a bilateral meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel, whom he called "a fantastic person, a fantastic woman." At the meeting, Prime Minister Abe greeted each of the G20 leaders individually.
Trump's good cop, nasty cop
Mason Ric Hey, a professor of international relations at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul, told Al Jazeera, "I think Trump will be interested in taking advantage of the positive side of US-American relations with allies and strategic partners, be it Japan, be it NATO or India.
"And I think, in a way, he may well be a good policeman-bad cop with himself, playing a bad policeman on security and trade issues with Japan and India, and now playing he expresses the positive side of the relationship and talks about how close US relations are with India and Japan. "
Trump, Modi and Abe meet
President Trump" We discuss trade, we are discussing military, "Trump told reporters and praised Japanese car companies building plants in the United States.
"The car companies have been great, they come in and build magnificent plants, we have not had and appreciate it very much."
North Korea, Iran, and bilateral trade were all discussed in the discussions, though few details were offered.
Later, Indian Prime Minister Modi attended a trilateral meeting. Abe described the grouping as "the foundation of peace and prosperity in the region."
Regarding the trade talks between the US and India, Trump said, "It will be very positive … I think we will just keep understanding with India … I think we will have to announce some very big things "Very big business."
In a tweet on Thursday, Trump said Indian tariffs on US products are "unacceptable."
– The White House (@WhiteHouse) June 28, 2019
Earlier this month, India imposed a higher price retaliatory tariff on 28 US goods such as walnuts almonds and apples.
This was a retaliation for Trump's attempt to abolish trade privileges under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) for the US India, the largest beneficiary of a scheme that allows duty-free exports of up to $ 5.6 billion per year allowed.
Regarding Iran, Trump said: "We have a lot of time – there is no hurry they can take time – there is absolutely no time pressure, hopefully it will work out in the end, if it works, great, if it does not work, you will hear about it. "