Asia Minute: G-20 Features Trans-Pacific Meetings

Jun 27, 2019

President Donald J. Trump and President Xi Jinping | July 8, 2017
Credit Shealah Craighead / The White House

The Group of 20 meetings start tomorrow in Japan. While much of the focus remains on President Trump’s meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, there are a number of regional discussions that have already begun.

More than half the countries in the G-20 have a coast that touches the Pacific Ocean.

Two days of official meetings will start Friday in Osaka, Japan. And according to the G-20 website, the main themes will range from the global economy and trade and investment to environment and energy, employment, health and women’s empowerment.

There will also be a series of one-on-one side meetings — a process that’s already started.

The crown prince of Saudi Arabia has already met with South Korea’s president in Seoul on Wednesday — with governments and companies from the two countries signing economic deals worth more than 8-billion dollars.

Australia’s media are focusing on Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s “working dinner” with President Trump that’s scheduled before the G-20 meetings officially open.

The Prime Minister says it will center on the “strength and candor of the Australia-U.S. relationship” but the Australians are also concerned about the impact of tariffs with China on their own economy.

President Trump will meet Saturday with Chinese President Xi Jinping, and will also talk with Russian President Vladimir Putin among other leaders.

Putin will also meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who will also host President Xi, the first time a Chinese leader has set foot in Japan in nearly a decade.

And the bi-lateral meetings will continue after G-20. President Trump will stop in South Korea before returning to the U.S. next week.