What is G-20?
The G-20 (or Group of Twenty) is an international forum for the governments and central bank governors from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, the European Union, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States and Pakistan. Spain is a permanent guest invitee. Founded in 1999 with the aim to discuss policy pertaining to the promotion of international financial stability
This Year US President had a host of meetings with other world leaders, including Narendra Modi of India, Xi Jinping of China, Angela Merkel of Germany, and Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey. He won’t be meeting with Russia’s Vladimir Putin, but might bump into the Saudi Crown Prince.
This year G-20 was held at Argentina this year. Since It is conducted once every year, G-20 summit of 2022 will most probably be in India as finalized by both Donald Trump, The US President and Narendra Modi, The Prime Minister from India.
Here are all the latest updates:
Saturday, December 1
Trump, China’s Xi end high-stakes trade talks with no word on outcome
US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping held high-stakes trade talks on Saturday but ended their summit without any immediate word on whether they made progress toward defusing a damaging tariffs war between Washington and Beijing.
White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow told reporters that the meeting went “very well.”
But there was not immediate comment on whether any progress was made toward defusing a damaging trade war between Washington and Beijing during the dinner meeting at the end of a two-day gathering of world leaders in Buenos Aires.
‘He has his position. I have my own.’: Putin and Trump have quick chat
Russian President Vladimir Putin got his chance to talk with US President Donald Trump after all – but their brief exchange over Ukraine didn’t accomplish much.
Russia put on a brave face after Trump abruptly junked a much-awaited sit-down with Putin, blaming it on internal US politics and “anti-Russian hysteria”.
The two men did end up talking briefly Saturday on the sidelines of the G20 – just long enough for Trump to ask Putin what he is up to in Ukraine, and for Putin to respond.
Trump calls off G20 news conference
US President Donald Trump cancelled a news conference at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires on Saturday following the death of former President George H.W. Bush.
“We will wait until after the funeral to have a press conference,” Trump said in a tweet. The former president’s funeral arrangements have yet to be made, according to Bush’s spokesman.
Friday, November 30
G20 leaders wrap up Day 1 with a cultural show
G20 leaders are attending a cultural show at the Colon Theater, the landmark in the Argentine capital that is one of the world’s great opera houses.
US President Donald Trump, Germany’s Angela Merkel, and Russian President Vladimir Putin were among the dignitaries who joined for leaders’ photo before they took their seats at the stately Belle Epoque building that was founded in 1908.
The show features videos celebrating Argentina’s majestic landscapes as well as dancing and music that goes from a philharmonic orchestra, to rock and the Argentine Tango.
Putin explains Crimea tensions with pen and paper
Vladimir Putin found an unusual way to explain why Russia was justified in seizing Ukrainian naval ships near Crimea – he took out pen and paper and drew a map.
Officials in French President Emmanuel Macron’s office say that when Putin and Macron met Friday, Putin pulled out a sheet of white paper and sketched out the Ukrainian coast and the disputed waters where the weekend incident took place.
The French officials say Macron asked for documents proving Russia’s claims, and insisted on the need for restraint in the conflict.
Saudi crown prince meets India’s Modi in Argentina
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and discussed cooperation between the two countries in security, energy and investments, the Saudi press agency said.
The two leaders, who met in the prince’s residence in Buenos Aires, also discussed Saudi Arabia’s readiness to supply India with all its needs of oil and petroleum products and Saudi oil giant Aramco’s investments in the fields of oil refining and oil storage in India, it said.
Thursday, November 29
Trump’s meeting with leaders of Turkey, South Korea will be ‘pull asides’
US President Donald Trump’s meetings with the leaders of Turkey and South Korea will be “pull asides” at the Group of 20 summit rather than formal bilateral meetings, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters.
Trump decided to cancel Putin meeting ‘while on flight to G20’
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders on Thursday told reporters US President Donald Trump decided to cancel a scheduled meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin during his flight to the G20 summit, and said she was not aware of a conversation between the two leaders about the cancellation.
Trump says he’s close to doing something with China on trade
US President Donald Trump said on Thursday he was close to making a deal with China on trade but is not sure he wants to do it and likes where things stand now.
Wednesday, November 28
Argentine judge seeks help from Turkey, Yemen in Saudi crown prince case
An Argentine judge reviewing a complaint by Human Rights Watch (HRW) against Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for his involvement in the war in Yemen asked Argentine’s foreign ministry to seek Turkey and the International Criminal Court for information, the judge’s office told Reuters news agency.
MBS leaves Tunisia to Argentina to attend G20: report
Earlier in the day, Reuters news agency reported that Prince Mohammad left Tunisia for Argentina to attend the G20 summit, where all eyes will be on world leaders’ reaction to the man accused of ordering Khashoggi’s murder.
The prince left Tunisia early on Wednesday, Reuters quoted Al-Arabiya’s website as saying.
India at G-20 Summit
At the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s outreach to various world leaders signaled how pragmatism has become a key driver of Indian foreign policy behavior. India’s economic rise and its ability to manage diverse and at times even contradictory global relationships has given New Delhi newfound leverage in its diplomatic engagements. And Modi is not diffident in using that leverage.
At a broader level, New Delhi managed to pull off two seemingly contradictory trilaterals. Modi met with United States President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to underscore India’s firm commitment to make the Indo-Pacific a region for shared economic growth, prosperity, and security.
Asserting that India will “continue to work together on shared values,” Modi said, “When you look at the acronym of our three countries — Japan, America, and India — it is ‘JAI’, which stands for success in Hindi.” Abe hoped that the trilateral would reinforce the trilateral partnership and its close cooperation “towards realizing a free and open Indo-Pacific.” Trump also acknowledged that “the relationships between our three countries is extremely good and extremely strong… with India, maybe stronger than ever… We are doing very well together. We are doing a lot of defense together, a lot of military purchases.” The three nations shared their views on progressing a free, open, conclusive and rule-based order in the Indo-Pacific region, based on respect for international law and peaceful resolution of all differences. Modi’s engagements at the G-20 underline that New Delhi is capable of managing this fluidity.