Sun Jun 10th, 2018 at 07:12:06 AM EST
G7 summit fails to calm trade tensions as Trump refuses to endorse joint statement
Just hours after G7 leaders had seemingly found common ground on "rules based trade," US President Trump refused to endorse a joint communique. He then called Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau "dishonest and weak."
The summit between the United States, Germany, France, Japan, Canada, Britain and Italy was one of the most fractious ever, and the agreement on a final communique could not paper over differences on trade, the environment and Iran nuclear deal.
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks to U.S. President Donald Trump during the second day of the G7 meeting in Charlevoix city of La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada. (Photo credit: Reuters/Bundesregierung/J. Denzel)
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China’s Xi Welcomes India, Pakistan To SCO, Hails 'Unity' | RFERL |
Chinese President Xi Jinping ushered Pakistan and India into the political and economic bloc led by China and Russia as the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit got under way in the northern port of Qingdao.
Xi on June 10 welcomed Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the gathering, calling their presence "of great historic significance."
"More member states means greater strength of the organization as well as greater attention and expectations of people of regional countries and the international community," Xi said.
Pakistan and India last year joined the economic bloc, which along with China and Russia includes Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. Afghanistan, Belarus, Iran, and Mongolia have SCO observer status.
Opening ceremonies were held on June 9, while June 10 is the main working day.
Xi praised the “unity” of the SCO event, which got under way just as the Group of Seven summit in Canada was ending in what appeared to be disarray.
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