World leaders arriving for pivotal G20 summit in Argentina

World leaders arriving for pivotal G20 summit in Argentina

Trump said on Thursday he was open to a trade deal with China but was not sure he wanted one.

On Wednesday, Argentine legal authorities took initial action to consider a request from Human Rights Watch to prosecute him for alleged crimes against humanity, a move apparently aimed at embarrassing him as he attends the summit.

Trump called the pact known the USMCA a "model agreement that changes the trade landscape forever".

Xi and leaders from the BRICS group of leading emerging economies - which comprise Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa - issued a statement calling for open worldwide trade and a strengthening of the World Trade Organization (WTO).

One of President Donald Trump's hardest-line advisers on China trade, Peter Navarro, will participate in a Saturday dinner meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, according to a person familiar with the plans.

Further clouding the summit is the escalation of conflict between Russia and Ukraine - a topic that will be on many leaders' minds when they see Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The discussion between Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sideline of the G20 summit, covered fields including investment, agriculture and energy.

French President Emmanuel Macron held a five-minute exchange with the crown prince during which, a French official said, Mr Macron had conveyed "very firm" messages over the Khashoggi affair.

This is the crown prince's first major diplomatic test since the murder in Turkey of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a key critic of the government.

The meeting comes 36 years after the 1982 war, and this week the two governments announced a new agreement on an additional air link between South America and the Falkland Islands, via Argentina.

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President Paul Kagame on Thursday arrived in Buenos Aires, Argentina for the G20 Leaders' Summit.

The administration has also signaled its readiness to expand tariffs to cover the entire remaining portion of Chinese imports to the USA, or an additional US$265 billion worth of goods.

With China and the USA engaged in a trade war marked by spiraling tit-for-tat tariff hikes, their positions on free trade and WTO have diverged wide.

So Mr Macron is fashioning himself at this summit as the anti-Trump choice - a champion of the Paris climate accord, defender of the postwar system of global trade and crusader against multinational tax evaders.

Highlighting the deep rifts within the G20, Tusk said the European Union would extend its economic sanctions on Moscow next month, after Russian ships fired on Ukrainian ones in the Sea of Azov last week, seizing the boats and sailors.

US intelligence agencies have concluded that the 33-year-old crown prince ordered the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, a USA -based Washington Post columnist and critic of Saudi Arabia's establishment, at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

Morrison said Australia and the U.S. "have always been the greatest of friends".

If there is one when the summit winds up on Saturday it may have to hurdle the obstacle of climate change.

Merkel was supposed to get in to Buenos Aires early Friday, but her arrival was delayed after her plane suffered a technical problem and returned to Germany on Thursday night.

US President Donald Trump with UK Prime Minister Theresa May during a session titled Fair and Sustainable Future.