Trump asks Morrison what happened to Turnbull

Trump asks Morrison what happened to Turnbull

US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping will wrap up a global summit on Saturday with high-stakes talks expected to determine whether they can begin defusing a damaging trade war between the world's two biggest economies.

Speculation, however, is rife that the two leaders will not easily make concessions over trade issues, as Trump has continued his threats to take additional measures against China despite Xi's eagerness to resolve the ongoing trade dispute through dialogue.

He also threatened tariffs on $267bn of other Chinese exports to the US.

This year's summit is the 10th since the first one brought leaders of the world's 20 largest economies together during the global financial crisis.

Argentina's President Mauricio Macri opened the summit on November 30 with a call for member states to support global cooperation and multilateralism.

British Prime Minister Theresa May's attendance at the summit marked the first time a United Kingdom prime minister has visited Argentina's capital.

En route to Argentina, Xi said in Spain on Wednesday that his government would indeed boost protection of intellectual property, although foreign companies in China complain they have heard such promises before. If we could make a deal that would be good.

It marks a rising trend of discord among G20 members.

Laura Jaitman, the Argentine Treasury official shepherding the G-20's financing talks, said leaders have made progress on finance and trade and was hopeful a joint statement would be possible.

Trump's remarks came as he prepared to depart for the summit.

Faurie said that the final communique does not require the signature of presidents.

Hearty handshake between Putin and Saudi crown prince goes viral
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Putin clasped each other's hands and smiled widely as they greeted each other Friday. Mr Macron says: " You never listen to me", to which the Crown Prince replies: " I will listen, of course ".

The US president met the Australian prime minister at the G20 summit in Argentina and the leaders spoke about trade in their first ever meeting.

Putin arrived in Argentina earlier on Friday denouncing the "vicious" use of sanctions and trade protectionism in a veiled swipe at US President Donald Trump.

The G20 had a rocky start following the meeting between Macri and Trump on Friday morning. He said Trump is "not going away". Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has been sharply critical of Saudi Arabia over the incident, is also in attendance.

Meanwhile, French President Emmanuel Macron hinted that he would raise the issue of the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi when he meets Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, whom the Central Intelligence Agency reportedly concluded had ordered the killing.

Earlier this month, officials from countries attending a major Asia-Pacific summit failed to agree on a joint statement for the first time as the USA delegation, led by Vice President Mike Pence, clashed with China over trade and security.

"We're working very hard".

A Chinese foreign ministry official in Buenos Aires said there were signs of increasing consensus ahead of the discussions but that differences persisted.

Putin grinned broadly and welcomed Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman like a long-lost friend with an enthusiastic handshake after the group photo, where Trump looked on somberly and Xi stood impassively. Trump Friday expressed optimism about a deal.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has admitted that the US President asked him about Australia's recent leadership change during their short meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Argentina.

And during a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron, Putin was said by a French aide to have drawn a map of the strait off Crimea to buttress his position that the Ukrainian ships had intruded into Russian waters - a claim denied by Kiev.

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