G20 summit officially opens in Japan’s Osaka

After the meeting, Yasutoshi Nishimura, a deputy chief Cabinet secretary, briefed reporters and touched upon the "eternal neighbors" term used by Abe to describe the bilateral relationship.

He told reporters following the meeting that Merkle is "a fantastic person, a fantastic woman and I'm glad to have her as a friend".

"Japan leaving the IWC and defying worldwide law to pursue its commercial whaling ambitions is renegade, retrograde and myopic", Block said. Around this time, trade friction between China and the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump was revving up.

"We will have a very interesting discussion, which will include such issues as trade, commerce, disarmament, protectionism, various other issues, and all this will be built on very good relations that we will have", Trump said, starting the meeting with Putin.

Trump's meeting with the Chinese president on Saturday as the G-20 meetings conclude has raised hopes for a detente in the tariffs war between the world's two largest economies.

The group of 20 summit, or G20, has been held every year for the past two decades.

EU President Donald Tusk on Friday lashed out at his Russian counterpart in unusually undiplomatic language, saying he "strongly disagreed" with Vladimir Putin when he said liberalism was "obsolete".

The two leaders are expected to discuss how to contain Iran, which has threatened to very soon breach uranium enrichment limits set in the 2015 nuclear accord. "The two leaders also reviewed ongoing negotiations with China and establishing fair standards for global trade", the White House said. China often has sought to gain support for defending global trade agreements against Trump's "America First" stance in gatherings like the G-20.

It "will be a test of both Trump's go-it-alone style as well as his "America First" doctrine that has frustrated traditional allies over disputes on defense spending and trade and set the United States apart from global consensus on how to deal with worldwide concerns like climate change and Iran's nuclear program". Trump started the day in a playful mood at a meeting with Abe and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, opting for a jovial fist bump instead of an awkward three-way handshake. They can take their time.

President Donald Trump is under pressure to take a firm stand against election interference Friday when he holds his first meeting with Russia's Vladimir Putin since the special counsel found extensive evidence of Russian meddling in the 2016 US election.

The most eagerly anticipated event is to be today, when Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) hold their first face-to-face talks since the last G20, to thrash out a truce in their trade dispute.

The state-run Xinhua News Agency published a commentary Thursday noting that the G-20's rise to prominence came with leaders' efforts to contain the damage from the 2008 global financial crisis.

While the Japanese side appeared to be largely focusing on highlighting the stable relationship of the two allies, Trump suggested at the beginning of the meeting that his attention is on trade, and hailed the growing USA investments by Japan automakers.

What's more, the same official noted the three allies' "strong naval cooperation" in the region, including a recent joint exercise in the South China Sea that Beijing has made aggressive claims over in recent years.

  • Zachary Reyes