Trump, Xi chew over trade war at high-stakes dinner

Saudi prince in Argentina as G20 summit tensions brew

The G20 world leaders are now gathered in Buenos Aires for the 2018 summit which aims towards reaching agreement on key global issues.

US-China trade divisions also meant an Asian economic summit earlier this month was unable to agree a formal leaders' statement for the first time in its history.

"What's most realistic to expect is that China and the United States come to an agreement on the basis of the dialogue and on the basis of the negotiations, because that has broken down. The US should give its habitual winner-take-all approach to worldwide relations the weekend off", it said.

Russian Federation is committed to deepening practical cooperation and coordination with China to safeguard global peace and security and build an open world economy, Putin said.

It started off amicably enough, with a handshake for the waiting global press.

Trade, China - Trump has cast his talks Saturday with Xi as a deadline for China to cave on his key trade concerns, including access for United States companies and protection of their intellectual property.

Trump, who has already slapped $250 billion in tariffs on China and threatened more to come next month, sounded upbeat about making progress with Xi.

Yet a Chinese official struck a cautiously optimistic tone a day before the dinner, saying that that the two sides were finding more common ground in their discussions.

A Chinese official meanwhile said "consensus is steadily increasing" but differences remained. "Let's see the final result".

President Trump signs trade agreement with Canada and Mexico ahead of his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping; chief White House correspondent John Roberts reports from Buenos Aires, Argentina.

"China needs to accept the reality that they can no longer play as an emerging market that needs protection", Fernandez said.

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"If they don't shape up, I would withdraw from the WTO", he told Bloomberg News in August, adding that the agreement establishing it was "the single worst trade deal ever made".

Ahead of the dinner, Xi spoke in support of the global rules-based order at a G-20 session. "Everything's high security. It's unusual to see everything so empty", she said.

Meanwhile, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said Wednesday that Trump had to look at how to increase tariffs on Chinese vehicle imports from 27.5% to 40%, to bring them in line with the tariffs China levies on U.S. auto imports-China imposes lower tariffs of 15% on imports from other countries.

Argentina has deployed around 25,000 police officers and soldiers to prevent violence similar to that seen during last year's G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, when hundreds of police officers were injured. He chose instead to fly with Trump and continue preparations with the president on Air Force One. However, Putin noted, he and Trump have different positions on the issue.

Parts of Buenos Aires have been cordoned off.

And while over the next few days Mr Macri will want to make a good impression for his visitors, he's struggling with his reputation closer to home.

Ultimately, the decision will be Trump's.

Argentina's Foreign Minister Jorge Faurie told reporters that a number of issues were discussed during the meeting behind closed doors.

Moscow said USA domestic politics may have been the real reason behind the cancellation after Michael Cohen, Trump's former longtime personal lawyer, pleaded guilty on Thursday to lying to Congress about a proposed Trump Organization skyscraper in Moscow.

Such a statement would endorse the Paris Agreement on climate change, the source said, after Trump yanked the United States out of the pact in the face of increasingly urgent warnings from scientists that action is needed now. But Trudeau declined to call it the "USMCA" Friday, calling it instead the new North American Free Trade Agreement.

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