Trump's G-20 tariff talk: Why everyone is listening

Trump's G-20 tariff talk: Why everyone is listening

Trump's G-20 tariff talk: Why everyone is listening

However, Merkel's plans were disrupted by technical troubles that forced her official plane to make an emergency landing in Germany, and a spokeswoman told AFP that she would miss Friday's opening of the summit.

On the other side are people like the director of Trump's trade office, Peter Navarro, and the regime's Svengali, Steve Bannon, who see the trade war as only one front in the wider conflict to halt and reverse China's rise.

Trump said earlier this week the chances of holding off a tariff increase to 25% is "highly unlikely", and he repeated threats to impose tariffs on an additional $267 billion of goods from China, which would cover almost all Chinese imports to the U.S.

"The fact that the G20 is taking place in South America for the first time is nearly beside the point", Mr Shifter said.

"Now, trade, climate, migrants, refugees, multilateralism, steel - which are really the thorny issues - remain without agreement".

Trump's tough talking set the stage for a contentious gathering in Argentina with the tensions over Ukraine and trade deepening fissures carved open by the USA president on climate change - an issue that almost torpedoed last year's G20 hosted by Merkel. But the divisions on the final communique have only highlighted how fractured the grouping has become on key global issues.

The Group of 20 brings together leaders of 19 of the world's most industrialised nations plus the EU. Wall Street edged lower on Thursday amid jitters over Trump's meeting with Xi. Trump argues that the massive balance of trade in China's favour is not sustainable for the American economy.

However, economists and critics of the president's trade policies point out duties are paid by importers and thus constitute a tax on U.S. industry and consumers that is not paid by China.

Peter Navarro, Trump's hardline trade adviser, will attend the meeting between the leaders, a US official told Reuters.

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"I have another 250 billion dollars' worth of tariffs to put on if we don't make a deal", Trump told reporters last week.

Remember that the president's saber rattling against China has included a threat to impose tariffs on all US$500 billion worth of goods the USA imports from China, and "all" would seem to include cellphones and computers, which are the top two categories of USA imports from China based on value of goods.

If Apple does get hit with tariffs, the impact may not be profound. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the second most searched leader on the search engine after US President Donald Trump.

The government says the close relationship between Australia and the US, along with the fact that Mr Morrison spoke to US Vice-President Mike Pence this month, means there is no pressing need for a formal bilateral with Mr Trump.

"Maybe I won't have the meeting", Trump said, according to The Washington Post.

Trump on Wednesday expressed "deep concern" over the weekend incident near Crimea, and has threatened to cancel the meeting. It is the message we have consistently given on this issue of Jamal Khashoggi and the issue of Yemen.

A professor serving as a journalist at the G20 presidential summit has been the victim of an assault days before the start of the high-level meeting. Saudi Arabia has said the prince had no prior knowledge of the murder.

French President Emmanuel Macron is third with 12 percent votes, followed by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

As the leaders arrived, Argentine security forces began locking down the central business district in Buenos Aires on Thursday.

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