Trump ramps up Twitter criticism of Canada ahead of G7 getting underway

Arturo Kim
June 10, 2018

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin have meet prior to the official opening of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit in Qingdao to sign a series of bilateral agreements, while overseeing a number of further agreements signed between representatives of both the private and public sectors from the neighbouring superpowers.

Since the two presidents' conversation in March, relations between Moscow and the West have worsened, particularly after the poisoning of a former Russian spy in the United Kingdom, which prompted Western countries to expel Russian diplomats. Russian Federation was pushed out of the then G8 due to its annexation of Ukraine's Crimea four years ago.

Trump's call for Russian Federation to be readmitted to the G7 came amid increasing tensions between the US and key allies, as well as the president's increasingly warmer stance on Russian Federation.

"We should reject self-centered, shortsighted and closed-door policies", said Xi, whose own country has been accused of restricting broad access for foreign firms to its huge market. In general, I believe it is a technical issue.

Putin also welcomed Trump's call to bring Moscow back into the G-7 group of leading industrialised nations.

"No matter what fluctuations there are in the global situation, China and Russian Federation have always firmly taken the development of relations as a priority", Xi said at the start of talks Friday with Putin, Reuters reported.

Its member states also include four former Soviet Central Asian republics, Pakistan and India.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has criticized the US withdrawal from the Iranian nuclear deal in a speech at a regional summit in China.

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Trump's imposition of steel and aluminum tariffs, as well as broader disagreements on trade, climate change and the US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear agreement, are setting the stage for some tense G7 talks once Trump arrives at the summit in the Quebec town of La Malbaie.

Xi also spoke of the increased number of visits from Chinese to Russia and also of Russians to China.

It can only be conferred on a foreigner who has made outstanding contributions in promoting exchange and cooperation between China and the world, and in maintaining world peace.

"We are not going to live with the deals the way they are", Trump said.

He was more more forthcoming about his friendship with Xi during an interview with Chinese state broadcaster CGTN earlier this week.

"The recent example of such unilateralism and the defiance of the decisions of the worldwide community by the U.S. government is its withdrawal from the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the formal name of the nuclear deal)", Rouhani said during the meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), a regional security pact in which Iran has observer status.

Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed during a visit to Austria this week the possibility of Vienna playing host to a summit with his United States counterpart Donald Trump, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Saturday.

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