G-20 Summit Highlights: Nineteen G-20 members, without US, recommitted to Paris climate deal Saturday, sidelining the Trump government in its second successive meet. The language in the final statement after the summit in Japan’s Osaka mirrors that agreed during last year’s G-20 in Argentina, but was hard-won after objections from the US.
Meanwhile, after holding bilateral talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G-20 Summit in Osaka Saturday, US President Donald Trump said that the US will not levy new tariffs on Chinese exports, news agency Reuters reported. At the meeting, Trump said he was open to a potentially “historic” trade deal with China. “I actually think that we were very close and … that something happened where it slipped a little bit, and now we’re getting a little bit closer,” Trump told Xi as the cameras rolled at the start of the closely-watched talks. Key points from Day 2 of G-20 summit
India and Indonesia set an ambitious $50 billion target for bilateral trade over the next six years, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said Saturday. The progress comes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi held bilateral discussions with Indonesia President Joko Widodo on Saturday at the G-20 Summit in Osaka. PM Modi also met the presidents of Brazil and Turkey on Day 2 of the summit.
The second day of the G-20 Summit begins in Japan's Osaka Saturday. Here are the Highlights
Trump wants Turkey missile plans resolved without harming ties
US President Donald Trump told his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan that he wanted the issue over Ankara's procurement of air defence systems to be resolved without damaging bilateral ties, the Turkish presidency said.
Turkey and the United States have been at odds over Ankara's purchase of Russian S-400 defence systems, a move Washington has warned would trigger U.S. sanctions. Turkey has so far dismissed the warnings and said it would not turn back from the deal.
In a statement following talks between Erdogan and Trump on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Japan, the Turkish presidency said Erdogan had voiced concerns about US actions that may harm the strategic partnership between the two NATO allies.
19 member countries recommit to Paris climate deal, US opposes
19 G20 members, without US, recommit to Paris climate deal. (AFP)
PM Modi meets Erdogan; holds talks on counter-terrorism, defence
PM Modi also held a bilateral meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan held talks on a host of key issues including trade and investment, defence and counter-terrorism.
According to Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar, the two leaders' discussions focused on trade and investment, defence, counter-terrorism, IT and civil aviation.
"The interactions in Osaka continue. A productive meeting with President Erdogan on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit. Both leaders talked about the strong development partnership between India and Turkey," the Prime Minister's Office said in a tweet.
India, Indonesia target $50 billion trade for next 6 years
India and Indonesia on Saturday set an ambitious $50 billion target for bilateral trade over the next six years as Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Indonesia President Joko Widodo discussed ways to deepen cooperation in a number of key areas including economy, defence and maritime security.
The two leaders, who are in Osaka, Japan for the G-20 Summit, met in the morning and discussed ways to boost bilateral ties and enhance cooperation in trade and investment.
According to Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar, India and Indonesia set a $50 billion target for bilateral trade by 2025.
Trade between the two countries in 2016 was USD 12.9 billion. It rose 28.7 per cent to USD 18.13 billion in 2017 with Indonesia's exports to India reaching USD 14.08 billion and its imports from India standing at USD 4.05 billion, according to Indonesia's Central Statistics Agency.
During his meeting between Prime Minister Modi and Indonesian President Widodo, the two leaders discussed ways to deepen bilateral cooperation in trade and investment, defence and maritime fronts.
Turkey's Erdogan says no setbacks in S-400 deal with Russia, "eyes on delivery"
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan Saturday said that there were no setbacks in the Russian S-400 missile defence systems deal, adding that "eyes are on the delivery process", expected in the first half of July.
Erdogan, speaking before talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of a G20 summit in Japan, also said it was important to finish the first reactor in the Akkuyu nuclear power plant by 2023.
The US has warned that it would impose sanctions on Turkey if it went ahead with the S-400 deal under its CAATSA Act. But Turkey has dismissed the warnings and said it would not back down.
Erdogan is also due to meet US President Donald Trump in Osaka.
EAM S Jaishankar holds talks with Japanese Foreign Minister
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar holds bilateral strategic dialogue with Foreign Affairs Minister of Japan Taro Kono in Osaka.
It is time for strengthen comprehensive strategic partnership with Indonesia: MEA
On Prime Minister Narendra Modi's meeting with Indonesian President Joko Widodo earlier today, MEA Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, "In today's meeting of PM Modi with President of Indonesia in Osaka, there was a view that since election has concluded in both countries, it was time for both to strengthen comprehensive strategic partnership which was established during last visit of PM to Indonesia."
Explained: How US-China talks differ from any other trade negotiations
With China, the Trump administration is pushing for China to reform policies on trade, subsidy and intellectual property practices that it says have given Chinese companies an unfair advantage over US companies for decades.
The United States is not promising China reforms in return. Rather, the Trump administration has said it would remove the tariffs it has imposed on China to try to force those changes. So the incentive to China is to return to the market access it had to the United States before Trump began the trade war. Read more
Open to ‘historic’ trade deal with China, Trump tells Xi Jinping at bilateral talks
US President Donald Trump said on Saturday he was open to a potentially "historic" trade deal with Chinese President Xi Jinping, as they began talks that could ease tensions or plunge the world's two largest economies into a deeper trade war.
"I actually think that we were very close and ... that something happened where it slipped a little bit, and now we’re getting a little bit closer," Trump told Xi as the cameras rolled at the start of the closely-watched talks.
"But it would be historic if we could do a fair trade deal. We're totally open to it, and I know you're totally open to it," he added, without giving any details about the deal.
Australian PM Scott Morrison tweets a selfie with PM Modi, says 'Kithana ache he Modi'
Trade issues on priority as Donald Trump, Xi Jinping hold bilateral talks
US President Donald Trump held bilateral talks his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping Saturday on Day 2 of the ongoing G-20 summit. The prevailing trade tensions between the two nations is expected to form the core of the talks of the meeting.
PM Modi holds talks with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan
Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Turkish President Recip Tayyip Erdogan on the second day of G-20 Summit.
PM Modi holds talks with Brazillian President Jair M Bolsonaro
Prime Minister Narendra Modi held talks with Brazillian President Jair M Bolsonaro on the sidelines of G-20 Summit on Saturday.
Deepening the bond with Brazil.— PMO India (@PMOIndia) June 29, 2019
PM @narendramodi and President @jairbolsonaro had a fruitful meeting in Osaka.
Improving business linkages and overcoming climate change were some of the key issues discussed during the meeting. pic.twitter.com/5offlhR7kS
PM Modi meets Indonesian President Joko Widodo
Prime Minister Narendra Modi held talks with Indonesian President Joko Widodo on the sidelines of G-20 Summit on Saturday.
G-20 Osaka summit: India refuses to sign declaration on free flow of data across borders
In a sign of resistance against developed countries led by the US and Japan, which are pushing for free flow of data across borders, India Friday refused to become a signatory to the Osaka declaration on digital economy that was signed by 24 countries and groupings.
While a majority of G-20 countries signed off on the launch of “Osaka track”, an overarching framework promoting cross-border data flow with enhanced protections launched by Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, India was joined by South Africa and Indonesia in keeping away. Read more
G-20 Summit Day 1: Modi, Trump hear each other out, set stage for more talks
With a small piece of paper in hand, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke first and set out four priority issues he wanted to discuss with US President Donald Trump — Iran, 5G, bilateral ties and defence relationship. Trump picked out trade and 5G, even as he was effusive in his praise for Modi.
On Friday, the bilateral meeting between the two leaders went slightly beyond the allotted 40 minutes, with Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale telling reporters later that both sides “aired their concerns”, and agreed that their trade ministers, or representatives, will meet soon to sort out these issues. Read more
G-20 Summit 2019 in Osaka: 10 things we know so far
The 14th edition of the G-20 Summit is currently underway in Japan’s Osaka. Prime Minister Narendra Modi met several global leaders and also addressed an informal meeting of BRICS leaders on the sidelines of the summit. Read more here
G-20 Summit: PM Modi presents '5-I' vision
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday presented his "5-I" vision to maximise digital technology for social benefit in his intervention at the G20 Summit on digital economy and artificial intelligence (AI).
"Shaping the agenda. PM @narendramodi presented his vision of maximising digital technology for society benefit in his intervention at G20 on Digital Economy & AI. The 5 'I's are -- Inclusiveness, Indigenisation, Innovation, Investment in infrastructure & International cooperation," External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.
Shaping the agenda— Raveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) June 28, 2019
PM @narendramodi presented his vision of maximising digital technology for society benefit in his intervention at G20 on Digital Economy & AI. The 5 'I's are -
Investment in infrastructure & International cooperation. pic.twitter.com/AJGc5ohZTh
Putin invites Donald Trump to Russia
President Vladimir Putin on Friday invited Donald Trump to Russia in May to mark the 75th anniversary of the victory over Adolf Hitler.
China hopes US can meet it halfway in G20 talks
China's foreign ministry has expressed hope that Washington can "meet China halfway" as President Xi Jinping prepares to meet President Donald Trump amid a costly tariff fight over trade and technology, the Associated Press reported.
Investors are hoping for a repeat of Trump and Xi's December agreement to postpone new tariff hikes and other action while they tried to negotiate a settlement.
S Jaishankar meets Canadian, Mexican leaders
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Friday met his Canadian counterpart Chrystia Freeland and Mexican Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard on the sidelines of the G20 summit here and held talks on strengthening India's relationship with the two countries, news agency PTI reported.
Jaishankar is accompanying Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the G20 Summit being held in this Japanese port city.
A pleasure to catch up with my Canadian counterpart @cafreeland on #G20 margins. Look forward to building an even more substantive relationship that reflects both our interests and concerns. pic.twitter.com/uhPWot77Lu— Dr. S. Jaishankar (@DrSJaishankar) June 28, 2019
G-20 Summit | Donald Trump tells Putin not to meddle in US elections
President Donald Trump on Friday sardonically asked his Russian counterpart to please not meddle in US elections, appearing to make light of a scandal that led to an investigation of his campaign’s contact with the Kremlin during 2016 elections. Read more here
G-20 summit: Modi meets Vietnam PM and World Bank president
PM Narendra Modi had 'pull-aside' meetings with PM of Vietnam Nguyen Xuan Phuc and World Bank President David Malpass in the Leaders' Lounge on the margins of G20 Summit in Osaka, MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.
And more meetings— Raveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) June 28, 2019
PM @narendramodi had 'pull-aside' meetings with PM of Vietnam Nguyen Xuan Phuc and @WorldBank President David Malpass in the Leaders' Lounge on the margins of #G20 Summit in #Osaka. pic.twitter.com/l74qA80RvO
UN chief urges G-20 leaders to strengthen global financial safety net
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has urged G-20 leaders to take action on equitable and stable reforms to strengthen the global financial safety net and increase the global economy's resilience, the Associated Press reported.
Guterres said in a letter to leaders gathered in Osaka that while the world has made progress fixing some big problems it's not happening fast enough or shared by all countries.
He added saying that while there are good plans and vision, what's needed are "accelerated actions, not more deliberations.''
G-20 Summit: BRICS calls on states to prevent terrorist actions from their territories
India along with other BRICS nations (Brazil, Russia, China and South Africa) on Friday called on all states to prevent financing of terrorist networks and of terrorist actions from their territories, news agency PTI reported.
In a joint statement after their informal meeting, BRICS leaders also reiterated their commitment to fight the exploitation of internet for terrorist purposes.
"We strongly condemn terrorist attacks, including against BRICS countries, in all forms and manifestations, wherever and by whom so ever committed," they said.
PM Modi meets Angela Merkel, discusses ways to deepen Indo-German ties
During their meeting, PM Modi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed ways to deepen the Indo-German relations and enhance cooperation in areas like artificial intelligence and cybersecurity. Chancellor Merkel also congratulated Modi on the recent electoral victory, the Prime Minister's Office said in a tweet.
PM Modi addresses trilateral meet with Russia, China
In Osaka, PM Modi is now addressing a trilateral meeting with Russia and China.
'Saudi Arabia raises India's Haj quota by 30,000'
In a significant step, Saudi Arabia has increased India's Haj quota from 170,000 to 200,000, paving the way for 30,000 more Indians to go for the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca in the kingdom. The issue of India's Haj quota was discussed during Modi's bilateral talks with Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman here. "This is important and this has been done," Vijay Gokhale said.
US pressuring G20 allies on climate language: French official
The US is pressuring allies at the G20 to reject strong climate change language in the meeting's final statement, despite furious opposition from the European Union countries, a French presidential source told AFP. "Three or four (countries) are under American pressure to water down the message," a French presidency source told reporters in Osaka. The source, however, declined to name the countries being targeted by Washington, though Brazil under its new President Jair Bolsonaro and oil-producing Saudi Arabia are both considered climate change sceptics.
India-Russia deal for S-400 missile didn't figure in Modi-Trump talks
India said its decision to purchase S-400 missile defence system from Russia did not figure during the talks between PM Modi and US PresidentTrump though they discussed ways to step up the bilateral military cooperation. The S-400 is known as Russia's most advanced long-range surface-to-air missile defence system. China was the first foreign buyer to seal a government-to-government deal with Russia in 2014 for the system. India and Russia signed a USD 5 billion S-400 air defence system deal in October last year. "This was a very open and productive meeting. The two leaders had a very warm discussion. President Trump congratulated Prime Minister Modi on his victory and Prime Minister in particular noted that Trump had sent a very warm letter to him through Secretary of State (Mike) Pompeo," Vijay Gokhale said.
G-20 summit: Top things to do in Osaka, Japan
Osaka is Japan’s third-largest city, one of Asia’s top urban and vibrant travel destinations. While Tokyo is said to be more polished and pricey, Osaka is much more laid back and economical. The city is all about great food and a lot of places to shop, especially if your bargain skills are good. Which is why Osaka is sure to guarantee a good time for all those who visit. We’ve put together a quick list of some of the top things to do in Osaka if you’re a first-time visitor. Click here to know more.
Trump hails 'very, very good relationship' with Putin
US President Trump hailed his "very, very good relationship" with Russia's President Vladimir Putin as the two leaders held talks on the sidelines of the G20 meeting, AFP reported. "It's a great honour to be with President Putin," said Trump, who last held face-to-face talks with the Russian leader in Helsinki in July. "We have a very, very good relationship," he added.
PM Modi meets Angela Merkel
PM Modi also met German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the sidelines of the meeting. "Giving impetus to friendship with Germany. Chancellor Merkel and PM Modi discuss ways to diversify and deepen India-Germany ties. Chancellor Merkel also congratulated PM Modi on the recent electoral victory," the Prime Minister's Office tweeted.
Giving impetus to friendship with Germany.— PMO India (@PMOIndia) June 28, 2019
Chancellor Merkel and PM @narendramodi discuss ways to diversify and deepen India-Germany ties.
Chancellor Merkel also congratulated PM Modi on the recent electoral victory. pic.twitter.com/ht0TNcPDAY
China warns of 'severe threats' to global order at G20 Summit
During a meeting with South African leaders, China said that protectionism and "bullying" were threatening the world order, AFP reported. Xi held talks with three of his African counterparts. "All leaders in the meeting stressed that unilateralism, protectionism, and bullying practices are on the rise, posing severe threats to economic globalisation and international order, and severe challenges to the external environment of developing countries," Chinese foreign ministry official Dai Bing told reporters. Dai said the meeting involved Xi, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, and Senegal President Macky Sall.
Xi agrees 'in principle' to Japan state visit next year
Chinese President Jinping has agreed "in principle" to pay a state visit to Japan next spring at the invitation of Prime Minister Abe, according to China's official Xinhua news agency. Last year, Abe had visited Beijing, the first official visit by a Japanese prime minister since 2011. Today, he extended the spring invitation to Xi during a meeting between the two leaders on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Osaka. "I want to enhance Japan-China relations to the next height by welcoming President Xi Jinping to Japan during cherry blossom next year," Abe said. Xi agreed "in principle" to the invitation. Relations between Asia's two biggest economies have warmed in recent years after suffering in 2012 when Tokyo "nationalised" disputed islands claimed by Beijing.
Talks with Saudi Arabia will add strength to bilateral ties, says PM Modi
"Met Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. We reviewed the full range of relations between India and Saudi Arabia. Our talks today will add great strength to bilateral ties between our nations," Modi tweeted.
Met Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. We reviewed the full range of relations between India and Saudi Arabia. Our talks today will add great strength to bilateral ties between our nations. pic.twitter.com/N15PFEUZgR— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 28, 2019