World leaders arrive in China ahead of G20 summit


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World leaders have begun arriving in the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou ahead of this year’s G20 summit.

Attendees said they are looking forward to strengthening international ties, improving their nation’s image abroad, and promoting global economic growth.

CCTV’s Xing Zheming has more.

Argentine president Mauricio Macri was the first G20 leader to arrive in Hangzhou for the summit.

President Macri said the most important topic of this year’s Hangzhou summit is sustainable economic growth.

Prior to Argentina assuming the G20 presidency, President Macri said his country hopes to contribute to global efforts in alleviating poverty, improving education standards, solving migration issues, and fighting terrorism.

Brazilian President Michel Temer, Indonesian President Joko Widodo, South African President Jacob Zuma and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Hangzhou on Friday.

The G20 Hangzhou Summit is President Temer’s first major international event after taking over Brazil’s leadership from Dilma Rousseff, who was ousted by the country’s senate.

Temer will also meet with fellow BRICS leaders: South African President Jacob Zuma, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and President Xi at the sidelines of the G20 summit.

As the leader of the only African economy in the G20, President Zuma hopes to take advantage of the summit to promote Africa.

Turkish President Erdogan has a very packed schedule, which includes meetings with Presidents Xi and Obama.

More leaders will arrive in China in the next few days. The G20 summit officially starts on Sunday and will conclude on Monday.

G20 Sherpa’s meeting held before summit

The Fourth G20 Sherpa Meeting of key coordinators for the world’s leaders was held in Hangzhou on Friday. That’s as final preparations for the G20 leader’s summit that starts Sunday hit full stride.

CCTV’s Shi Wenjing reports.

Preparations for the G20 leaders summit that starts Sunday have entered their final stage.

The delegations from the G20 member states, guest countries, and international organizations are exerting great efforts to achieve 30 results at the summit.

Trade and investment will be key talking points. Some say that for many countries, the pledge to resist protectionism should not only be renewed but also reinforced in practice.

Sourabh Gupta discusses G20 summit

To discuss the G20 summit and the global economic issues world leaders will be tackling, CCTV America’s Elaine Reyes spoke with Soutabh Gupta, senior Asia-Pacific international relations policy specialist at Institute for China-American Studies.