Trump, World Leaders Head to G20 Summit Under N Korea Shadow

Trump, World Leaders Head to G20 Summit Under N Korea Shadow

"The discussions are very hard".

She described the view of most participants that "we need free but also fair trade", a rejection of Trump's skepticism about the value of sweeping free-trade agreements. Officials are likely to face strains as they try to cobble together the joint statement - known as the "communique" - for this meeting, because Trump could easily block any language that he feels try to box him in.

Last month, he pulled the United States out of a landmark worldwide agreement aimed at combating climate change.

North Korea said it tested its first intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on Tuesday and experts said it appeared to be of a type capable of hitting all of Alaska, prompting renewed US calls for global diplomatic action.

U.S. President Donald Trump will have a keenly watched one-on-one meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, which comes amid congressional and FBI investigations into links between Trump's campaign aides and Russia.

Trump ruffled other leaders at a G7 meeting in Italy in May and has steered the economic and military superpower on an isolationist "America First" course.

Juncker warned that Europe would respond in days, not months, if Trump announces the restrictions.

The comment was seen as a light threat to Trump, though reports of the pair's meeting on the sidelines of the G20 meeting painted a positive picture. Trump is deeply unpopular in Europe, and politicians here can get a boost when they emphasize their differences.

According to a report from the International Trade Administration, China is not among the top 10 sources for U.S. imported steel. The White House is considering using this rationale to impose new restrictions, either by imposing tariffs or quotas, or a combination of the two.

Stormy G20 ends with gestures for Trump on climate, trade
Trump, World Leaders Head to G20 Summit Under N Korea Shadow

At the G-20 summit, Trump's team plans to push countries to agree to crack down Chinese steel exports, people briefed on the planning said.

As the Trump administration presses the Chinese leadership to deal more proactively with Pyongyang, it must also be able to robustly defend USA interests in the South China Sea, raise human rights concerns, and identify common regional and global challenges where our countries can work together constructively.

"A number of EU countries may be affected by a US measure, certainly more than countries such as China for which steel exports to the USA have mostly been blocked by massive anti-dumping actions", the European Steel Association, known as Eurofer, said.

In 2016, steel producers in the European Union sold over 3.2 million metric tons of their steel to the United States, which is the largest importer of steel in the world.

In addition to being intellectually dishonest, asserting that steel imports pose a threat to USA national security could be internationally destabilizing.

Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke about trade and steel a few days ago, a reflection of how seriously both sides consider any new action on the issue.

US allies complain that the result of Trump's national security probes could harm their domestic industries both by imposing direct tariffs and by diverting the overcapacity of global steel and aluminum products into their markets. The official said the issue was consuming significant time.

Where previous American leaders saw their power as a benevolent force, and were intent on spreading prosperity through open markets and multilateral cooperation, Trump has portrayed himself as a nationalist, a unilateralist and a protectionist, eager to save American jobs.

When there is protectionism, "the entire global economy shrinks", Japanese foreign ministry spokesman Norio Maruyama told reporters.

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