Chinese want ‘no empty talk’ at G20 regarding economic growth. HANGZHOU, China. China’s president urged leaders of the world’s 20 largest economies to avoid “empty talk” as they work to hasten economic growth during the G20 economic summit in Hangzhou.
The summit is being hosted by China for the first time. President Xi Jinping, on Sunday, said the global economy is at a “crucial juncture” as a result of volatile markets and lackluster trade.
The world leaders also discussed the worldwide steel crisis, trade barriers and the U.K.’s Brexit vote and what will result.
Xi said the “risks and challenges facing the world economy, the international community has high expectations of the G20 in the Hangzhou summit.”
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said leaders have agreed need to work together to increase economic growth, BBC reported.
While at the Summit Sunday, President Barack Obama met with Turkish PresidentRecep Tayyip Erdogan reassuring him that the U.S. is still intents to help bring plotters of July’s coup attempt to justice, CNN reported.
The U.S. Justice Department and the national security team will continue to cooperate with Turkish authorities “to determine how we will make sure that those who carried out these activities are brought to justice,” Obama said.
The U.S. president issued a statement on the talks with world leaders.
“I know that at the G20, we’re committed to working with other countries to build sustainable, inclusive economies, and create opportunities for all of our people. In joining the Paris Agreement today, we’re demonstrating our shared commitment to climate change,” Obama said.He said
He said he looks forward to discussing everything from global security, the Korean Peninsula to Islamic State. “We very much welcome China’s contributions to global development, peacekeeping, and refugee assistance.”
“Consistent with the notion of a new model for relations between our countries, what I think we’ve been able to achieve is practical and constructive efforts where our interests intersect and a candid discussion of those areas where we differ,” Obama said.
The U.S. president said candid conversations about those differences on subjects including human rights, cyber, and maritime will make a difference.
Obama thanked the Chinese president and government “for the constructive way in which we have worked in preparation for this meeting.”
The comment came despite a dust-up that occurred on Obama’s arrival in China Saturday regarding his exit from Air Force One. Obama has since characterized the incident as overblown.
By Yvette C. Hammett