Trade, climate divide G20 leaders

Cheryl Sanders
July 9, 2017

In their meeting held on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg on Saturday, Moon said that he was pleased to meet with the French president who surprised the world with a political revolution at the presidential election.

French President Emmanuel Macron said that he has not given up the idea of bringing U.S. President Donald Trump to back the climate accord signed by world leaders in Paris.

"We were able to produce a document that had the endorsement of all of the nations and leaders around the table", he told reporters at the the Elysee Palace in Paris.

President Macron said that his administration will continue with climate change agenda.

The U.S. side announced it will immediately cease the implementation of the Paris Agreement, while the other leaders of G20 members stated that the agreement is irreversible, according to the declaration.

Trump met one-on-one with Macron at the summit in Germany and is slated to go to France on July 14 for the Bastille Day military parade.

On trade, another sticking point, the leaders agreed they would "fight protectionism including all unfair trade practices and recognise the role of legitimate trade defence instruments in this regard".

He finally joined Trump on the far left fringe at the G20 summit leaders' group photo.

He also thanked Mr Turnbull for ratifying the Paris climate agreement that binds Australia to meeting carbon-emission reductions of 26-28 per cent of 2005 levels by 2030.

Mr Turnbull and Mr Trump, who had a further discussion on Saturday, said they talked about North Korea's illegal testing of missiles, among other topics.

The prime minister sought to end the first full day of the Hamburg summit on a positive note, despite German Chancellor Angela Merkel admitting consensus would not be reached on the Paris climate pact and divisions remained on trade rules.

Protests continued in Hamburg, with at least 111 police officers injured, as well as a number of activists, and at least 29 people arrested.

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