China says it 'won't allow' G20 discussion on Hong Kong

Alfred Wong

Alfred Wong

PM Modi, Xi Jinping met recently at Shanghai Summit.

China and the U.S. last week said they were reviving talks ahead of this week's meeting between presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping, giving a boost to financial markets hoping for a de-escalation in a trade war that is damaging the global economy.

"China, which is seeking to build a strong opposition against US President Donald Trump using trade and tariffs as a weapon to enforce his "America first" policy, said the issues of "unilateral" and protectionist" policies would be discussed in detail at the meetings of the leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) and Russia, India and China (RIC) at Osaka.

Protest groups in Hong Kong on Monday announced plans to hold a new rally on Wednesday evening, directly aimed at the G-20 leaders who will begin arriving in Japan the following day.

Modi will also have a one-on-one with Xi and Putin separately.

"Unilateralism and protectionism has damaged global growth. undermined global value chains and dampened market sentiment", Zhang Jun, the Chinese assistant minister of foreign affairs, said at a briefing to preview Xi's attendance at the summit.

"I'm here for a previously scheduled trilateral meeting of national security advisers of Israel, Russia and the United States hosted by Prime Minister Netanyahu". China said it would oppose any attempt by the U.S. or any other country to raise the current civil strife in Hong Kong during G-20 summit on June 27-28 in Osaka, Japan.

India has recently announced retaliatory trade tariffs against the United States covering 28 USA products, including almonds and apples. "The discussion topics will fit in well with the agenda of the G20 Summit", Zhang told media here.

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China's principles are clear, he said - mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit and meeting each other halfway. The holding of such meetings on the G20 sidelines has already become a good tradition of the leaders of the five BRICS countries.

A meeting between Xi Jinping and his Donald Trump on the sidelines of the gathering in Osaka, Japan has fuelled hopes for a truce in the increasingly damaging standoff between the world's top two economies.

"This informal meeting also help deepen enduring cooperation among BRICS members", he said.

Zhang said the trilateral meet, which first occurred at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires previous year, is of great significance and will have a positive outcome of this time.

It focuses on the global trade finance and economic issues, he said.

"At the same time, it can provide impetus for the three countries to enhance cooperation at bilateral level and enhance mutual trust.We are confident that the meeting will produce positive results", he said.

The Trump administration has accused China of failing to protect intellectual property rights, forced technology transfers and of failing to provide a level playing field for USA companies.

Trump has threatened to put tariffs on another $325 billion of goods, covering almost all the remaining Chinese imports into the United States, including consumer products such as cellphones, computers and clothing.

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