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G-20 leaders agree on trade but not climate

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 12/01/18, 03:17 pm

Leaders of the world’s 20 largest economies agreed Saturday to try to fix the world trading system after difficult, all-night talks in Buenos Aires, Argentina. And 19 of them agreed to support the Paris climate accords, which President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from in 2017. The official statement from the G-20 summit acknowledged flaws in global commerce and called for reforming the World Trade Organization (WTO).

Diplomats reached the nonbinding agreement after talks stretched overnight and into daylight Saturday. European Union representatives said the United States was the main holdout on nearly every issue. Trump has criticized the WTO and taken aggressive trade stances toward China and the EU.

With trade tensions between the United States and China dominating the summit, the Europeans sought to play mediator. They also scaled back their expectations, cutting out mention of rising protectionism—mainly aimed at Trump. On migration, the summit came up with minimalist language that recognized growing migrant traffic and the importance of shared efforts to support refugees and solve the problems that drive them to flee.

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Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital’s managing editor and reports on popular and fine arts. She lives in Wichita, Kan., with her husband and two daughters. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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  • JerryM
    Posted: Sat, 12/01/2018 05:42 pm

    On the left, that is German Chancellor Angela Merkel, not British Prime Minister Thersa May.  C'mon World! :)

  • Web Editor
    Posted: Sat, 12/01/2018 10:59 pm

    Thank you for pointing out the error. We have corrected the caption. 

  • TheAbundantLand
    Posted: Mon, 12/03/2018 01:25 pm

    It would be helpful to provide the context of WHY Trump has not signed the Paris Climate agreement, mainly that it subverts our sovereignty as a nation. And it would be helpful to point out that during the Trump administration American has reduced greenhouse gases by 2.7% while Germany and France have increased theirs.

  • Allen Johnson
    Posted: Mon, 12/03/2018 10:46 pm

    Sovereignty of nations must be limited in order to prevent what is called the "Tragedy of the Commons." This finite planet, created by God for sustainable shared use by responsible humanity, must cooperate on shared spaces such as the oceans, the atmosphere, emission of pollution, and yes, that means the climate.
    Of course, World News ideologically is a long time denier of human-caused climate disuption, and will not give any space to the overwhelming scientific evidence.