On Friday U.S. President Trump will participate in the 2 day G-20 Meeting in Hamburg, Germany that will include appearances from several other world leaders including Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping, French President Emmanuel Macron, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
In December 2016 Germany accepted the G20 Presidency and will officially host the forum for international cooperation that focuses on global economic growth, international trade, and financial market regulation.
Some of the other issues that the world leaders plan to address includes climate change, labor and labor law, digital technology, women’s economic empowerment, and counter-terrorism.
Combined G20 countries account for two-thirds of the world’s population, three-quarters of global trade, and 80 percent of global economic output in terms of adjusted gross domestic product.
Germany would like to use their G20 Presidency to address migration and refugee flows and counter-terrorism which comes at a time when the European Union has already absorbed one million Syrian asylums.
Germany is leading the way with over 300,000 cumulated applications followed by Sweden at 100,000 applications, according to the UN High Commissioner For Refugees.
Political instability in Syria is the prime reason for Syria’s refugee crisis since civil war has engulfed the war torn country since 2011 with 11 million Syrians already displaced from their homes.
Russia expanded its military support for the Assad regime in Syria during the final stages of President Obama’s presidency in 2016 and has a strategic interest maintaining air and naval bases in Syria.
The Trump administration has shown a more confrontational United States foreign policy towards Syria’s government with the U.S. launching 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles that struck the Shayrat Airbase on April 7th after the Syrian government was believed to have carried out a chemical weapons attack in the Idlib Province.
The U.S. carried out another airstrike on June 18th in the ISIS dominated Raqqa Province against a Syrian army jet that dropped bombs near U.S. backed forces that were battling ISIS.
Since then U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres during a meeting last week at the State Department that he thinks the fate of Syria and Syrian President Assad is up to Russia and the Trump administration’s top priority is limited to defeating Islamic State, according to Foreign Policy.
U.S. President Trump will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin for a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 meeting in Hamburg, Germany and also hold meetings with leaders from Japan and South Korea, according to a released statement.
On July 2nd President Trump held a phone call with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
During a readout of their July 2nd telephone call, the White House confirmed that President Trump raised the growing threat posed by North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs and the two world leaders reaffirmed their commitment to a denuclearized Korean Peninsula.
President Trump also expressed his determination to seek more balanced trade relations with America’s trading partners and the two leaders affirmed that they look forward to meeting at the G20 meeting in Hamburg, Germany.
The Associated Press reports today that Russia and China have proposed that North Korea declare a moratorium on nuclear and missiles tests while the U.S. and South Korea refrain from large scale military exercises.
The statement from Chinese and Russian Foreign Ministries followed recent talks between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
North Korea launched a missile yesterday that landed in the Sea of Japan.
The Pentagon reports today that U.S. Pacific Command detected and tracked what they assessed was a North Korean missile launch at 2:40 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time yesterday.
The missile was tracked for 37 minutes and landed in the Sea of Japan, according to the statement.
“We are working with our interagency partners on a more detailed assessment. We continue to monitor North Korea’s actions closely. U.S. Pacific Command stands behind our ironclad commitment to the security of our allies in the Republic of Korea and Japan,” the Pacific Command officials said.
U.S. President Trump tweeted today about North Korea’s latest missile launch:
“North Korea has just launched another missile. Does this guy have anything better to do with his life? Hard to believe that South Korea…..
….and Japan will put up with this much longer. Perhaps China will put a heavy move on North Korea and end this nonsense once and for all!”
North Korea has just launched another missile. Does this guy have anything better to do with his life? Hard to believe that South Korea…..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 4, 2017
….and Japan will put up with this much longer. Perhaps China will put a heavy move on North Korea and end this nonsense once and for all!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 4, 2017
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