Putin hits back as Trump fuels G20 tensions

Putin hits back as Trump fuels G20 tensions

Putin hits back as Trump fuels G20 tensions

"I really don't know but I will tell you that I think China wants to make a deal. But frankly, I like the deal we have right now", Trump said.

The official offered no details on the points of dispute, but global trade tensions, fueled by President Donald Trump's launch of a trade war against China, are expected to dominate this year's gathering of the G20, an unwieldy club of the world's industrialized countries. Trump then dropped his earpiece on the floor and began his own comments, in which he discussed the leaders' shared history of family business during the US president's "civilian days" and of which he had "fond memories".

Beijing has criticised Washington's aggressive trade policy for its "harmful consequences" and has implemented reciprocal measures on more than $60 billion in United States imports.

Trump recently announced he's still considering additional tariffs on the Asian nation's exports, which would include Apple's signature products like the iPhone and its various laptops, CNN reported.

-Chinese business relations before the end of the year.

"If the United States does not buy Chinese products and USA technology is not forthcoming, would that really benefit US companies?" said Xu Nanping, China's vice minister of Science and technology.

China hopes to work with the United States toward "positive results" at the expected meeting between the two countries' leaders in Argentina, the Ministry of Commerce said on Thursday.

Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping are set to meet Saturday evening for a formal dinner on the sidelines of the G20 meeting in Argentina.

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"The summit seems a nonsense to me", call center worker Agustina Vianello, 25, told AFP.

Trump's chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow raised expectations of a deal earlier this week.

Trump, whose economic record is likely to be a key factor in his race for re-election in 2020, lashed out at General Motors (GE) after the company's recent announcement of US layoffs and plant closures and threatened additional tariffs.

USA lawmakers have already indicated they don't expect to tackle the USMCA until after the new Congress is sworn in early next year.

On Thursday, he urged USA companies in a Twitter post to build in the U.S.in order to avoid tariffs because there is "a long way to go". The two sides also held discussions on enhancing investment in technology, renewable energy and food security. The trilateral meet between India, the U.S. and Japan is an expansion of the bilateral talks between Trump and Abe.

For Trump, there was no escape from the lengthening shadow of the U.S. investigation over Russian meddling in his 2016 election, which is now reaching into his business affairs.

"Based on the fact that the ships and sailors have not been returned to Ukraine from Russian Federation, I have decided it would be best for all parties concerned to cancel my previously scheduled meeting in Argentina with President Vladimir Putin", he tweeted.

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