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posted on 11 July 2017

G20-2017: A Brief Summary

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The G20 summit is over. Since I wrote about it beforehand (Trump vs. Xi: On the Way to G20 ...), I am now obliged to write about it in the form of a summary.

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1. G20

Below is an excerpt from Wikipedia - G20.

The G20 (or G-20 or Group of Twenty) is an international forum for the governments and central bank governors from 20 major economies. Currently, these are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, and the European Union. Founded in 1999, the G20 aims to discuss policy issues pertaining to the promotion of international financial stability.[3] It seeks to address issues that go beyond the responsibilities of any one organization.[3] The G20 heads of government or heads of state have periodically conferred at summits since their initial meeting in 2008, and the group also hosts separate meetings of finance ministers and foreign ministers due to the expansion of its agenda in recent years.

Simply put, G20 represents about 80% of the world's GDP. Therefore, it's a good thing for the leaders of these countries just to meet yearly.

2. G20: a show case

Like many international events, G20 is a show. There is no better example than the official photo, which is the result of many world leaders jostling for positions.

Any doubt about jostling for positions? Watch the video below.

Two informative readings:

  1. In G20 Photo, Trump Couldn't Shove His Way to the Front and Center of World Leaders.
  2. Trump Refuses To Wear G20 Pin, Opts Instead For Something That Upsets Everyone In The Room.

3. G20: a great forum for side meetings

Like many international events, G20 is a venue for many side meetings, which are often more important than the main meeting itself. G20-2017 was no exception, with the following two meetings being the most important.

  1. President Trump and Russian President Putin.
  2. President Trump and Chinese President Xi.

Let me elaborate on each ...

3.1 Trump-Putin meeting

This was their first face-to-face meeting. It started as a show, with experts analyzing everything, especially the body language. Below is one example.

For more, watch the video below.

As for the content, the fact that the meeting was stretched from 30 minutes scheduled to more than two hours speaks for volume. I only wish they can meet more often. Two notes:

  1. The ceasefire in Syria negotiated between two Presidents is obviously a good thing, although we need to do far more than that to turn the tide in the Mideast. For more, read: The Middle East without America?
  2. The "joint cyber security unit" appears to be a trap, into which President Trump fell! For more, read: Trump backtracks on cyber unit with Russia after harsh criticism.

3.2 Trump-Xi meeting

This was their second meeting. So it was not a big deal like the Trump-Putin meeting. Below is an official photo.

The biggest agenda item was apparently North Korea. There was no, nor will there be, any real progress on this issue, unless all sides change. Specifically, as I concluded in a previous publication (North Korea Crisis: Real or Manufactured?), the North Korea crisis was largely manufactured by the U.S.!

Since that publication, two big events have happened:

  1. There is a new leader in South Korea, who is very pro-dialog.
  2. Right before the G20-2017 summit, China and Russia issued a joint statement calling for the halt of North Korea's missile testing program and that the U.S. and South Korea should stop carrying out joint military exercises. For more, read: 'Best time in history' for China-Russia relationship: Xi and Putin boost ties.

Will the U.S. change? Highly unlikely! Will North Korea change? Perhaps not! Hopefully time will change everything, which is China's position in a big picture.

4. Discussion

Overall, I think President Trump did well at G20-2017, although some left-wing media commentators may disagree. The video below offers one example.

However, the media has raised a valid point: modern nepotism. Watch the video below.

Hopefully President Trump will soon build a solid wall between his Presidency and his family, without further projecting modern nepotism not only to America, but also to the world.

As a staunch supporter, I not only had high hopes for President Trump, but also spelled out the path to greatness for him (President Trump Must Be One-Term, Voluntarily!).

For more, read my book: American Democracy - Why is it failing & how to fix it? President Trump already has the book, as evidenced by the image below.

But will President Trump listen?

5. Closing

Once again, overall, I think President Trump did well at G20-2017. However, many disagree. The short video below offers an example. Sit back and enjoy ...

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