Sat, July 8, 2017: Trump hails ‘successful’ G-20 talks

US President Donald Trump has declared the G20 summit in Germany a “wonderful success”, despite his country’s isolated position on climate change.

In a joint statement, the leaders of 18 nations and the EU recognised the US decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement.

However, they also said other G20 members remained committed to the “irreversible” accord.

Deadlock over the issue had held up the last day of talks in Hamburg.

A final agreement was eventually reached and the joint summit statement was officially released on Saturday.

The statement also said the US would seek “to work closely with other countries to help them access and use fossil fuels more cleanly and efficiently”.

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Sat, July 8, 2017: Trump talks trade, N. Korean threat with China’s President Xi Jinping

U.S. President Donald Trump took a conciliatory tone on Saturday at a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping where the leaders agreed to keep working on two pressing issues: the nuclear threat posed by North Korea and bilateral trade irritants.

Trump campaigned in last year’s presidential election on cracking down on China for its trade practices, but he softened his rhetoric after taking office, saying he wanted to work with China on the nuclear issue. Continue reading “Sat, July 8, 2017: Trump talks trade, N. Korean threat with China’s President Xi Jinping”