- A breakthrough between Donald Trump and Xi Jinping?
- Asked about her health, the German Chancellor did not wish to respond.
- The climate: Another subject of tension.
Nineteen countries are meeting this Friday and Saturday in Osaka, Japan, for the G20. “Welcome to Osaka,” said Shinzo Abe, Japan Prime Minister, who hosts the G20 on Friday and Saturday.
“Together, I hope we will achieve a beautiful harmony in Osaka,” he said in reference to the meaning of “Reiwa,” the name of this new era. Flanked on one side by President Trump, on the other side of Chinese President Xi Jinping, the two great rivals of the moment, Shinzo Abe called for “finding common ground rather than highlighting the clashes.” “We have time” to resolve the tensions.
Did he receive this message? The tenant of the White House currently in Osaka has multiplied the kindness and conciliatory statements, while he had skirted some in recent days. For example, he praised the “magnificent factories” built by Japanese carmakers in the United States after publicly making fun of Japan’s military dependence on the United States. Donald Trump also said he wants to “get along” with India, while he criticizes their trade policy. On Iran, one of the major issues of tension, Donald Trump also wanted a solution. “We have time” to resolve the tensions.
Before the photo, Donald Trump arrived and had a friendly conversation with the Russian Vladimir Putin, who seeks to calm the problems in Iran. Then Donald Trump had a visibly cordial exchange with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, a supporter of American strategic pressure on Tehran. Donald Trump also described Angela Merkel as a “fantastic woman,” even though he spoke of Germany as a “failed” partner recently.
Asked about her health, the German Chancellor did not wish to respond. At the end of her political career, she perhaps symbolizes more than any other leader the willingness to cooperate that led the leaders of the G20 to meet for the first time in 2008, in the midst of financial a crisis. The rise of populism has undermined this ambition of global governance, especially on trade and climate.
A breakthrough between Donald Trump and Xi Jinping?
Far from any multilateral format, Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping will have in their hands, during their scheduled meeting Saturday, the fate of the global economy. Washington threatens to tax all Chinese imports, which would be a point of no return in the commercial and technological conflict of the two giants. “Unilateralism, protectionism, and harassment are on the rise, posing a serious threat,” said a Chinese Foreign Minister, Dai Bing. Many analysts still hope for a truce in Osaka.
Progressivism, an “obsolete” idea for Putin
The climate: Another subject of tension, the United States no longer wants to hear about the Paris agreement, along with some leaders like Brazilian, Jair Bolsonaro. “It is clear that it will be difficult to get a breakthrough” on this theme, said UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. Heads of state and government also have profound differences in the very form that political action must take in the era of globalization.
Vladimir Putin criticized the progressive ideas of Western democracies in an interview with the Financial Times on Friday. Progressives “simply can not dictate what they want, as they have done in recent decades,” Russia’s strongman said, praising Donald Trump’s tough policy on illegal immigration. This idea of progressivity “has become obsolete,” he said.
It is “authoritarianism, the cult of personality and oligarch laws which are really obsolete,” retorted the European Council President, Donald Tusk.