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Sep 07 2016 by Francis Osborne
China has responded to questions about US President Barack Obama's treatment at the G20 summit in Hangzhou, blaming "highly unprofessional" US media for hyping up the fact that, unlike other leaders, Obama was not given a red carpet staircase upon his arrival to the Chinese city.
A Downing Street official said the prospect of a major free trade deal between the United Kingdom and Beijing was also raised by Xi Jinping during talks with Theresa May following the G20 summit in Hangzhou.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the meeting was "longer than expected", according to Reuters, citing Russian news agency RIA.
Sudakov, for his part, recalled that Obama is already being called a lame duck in the United States and that right now, he has "a very simple task" to deal with.
"Against risks and challenges facing the world economy", President Xi said in Hangzhou, "the worldwide community has high expectations of the G20 in the Hangzhou summit".
"We need to reignite the engine of growth via innovation", he said, adding that the G20 had adopted "guiding principles" for investment policy management.
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Putin noted that Syria was high on the agenda of discussions during his meetings on the sideline of the summit and that Moscow would confer with the Syrian government on the progress of the talks and also inform Iran.
While inaugurating the summit, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Sunday that the global economy was being threatened by rising protectionism and risks from highly leveraged financial markets. He said, "We will see whether Putin, despite talking about wanting a negotiated solution, is comfortable with a constant low-grade conflict on the Russian-Ukraine border".
A USA official said "differences remain" despite two rounds of talks between Secretary of State John Kerry and his counterpart Sergei Lavrov on the sidelines of the summit.
Merkel also said that the G20 leaders had extensive talks about fighting climate change and trade issues. But Obama has expressed skepticism that Russian Federation would hold to its agreement.
But the diplomatic efforts were unsuccessful, Obama said at a press conference on Monday.
"We as the International Monetary Fund team worked really hard with the Chinese authorities are looking forward to implementing acting upon those support we received on the table", said International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde.
"We need to protect the interests of the members of the European Union that want to stay together, not the one which wants to leave", said Tusk.