Germany's Merkel says many 'thorny issues' at G20

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U.S. President Donald Trump prepares for this week's G20 meeting with calls to the leaders of Germany and Italy, with his fraught relationship with German Chancellor Angela Merkel drawing particularly close scrutiny.

In his talk with Gentiloni, the US leader again voiced his appreciation of the Italian official's efforts in hosting a successful Group of Seven meeting in May, the White House said. "In any case, I'm not going to do", said Angela Merkel last week to the chamber of deputies.

For Merkel, the G20 host, Xi is an ally and Trump a troublesome rival on some of the most important issues on the agenda in Hamburg - from trade and climate change to economic development in Africa.

Trump also talked with Middle East leaders in an effort to untangle the diplomatic standoff between Saudi Arabia and three other Arab countries with Qatar.

She says they would likely have differences on other issues.

Chinese state media said Xi told also Trump "negative factors" have affected U.S. Last week, US announced actions against a Chinese Bank, which is alleged to be involved in dealings with North Korea and announced arms sales worth $1.4 billion, a move that has been criticized by China.

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Investigators had also placed Christensen under surveillance after they interviewed him in mid-June, according to court documents. He added that University of IL would support Zhang's family "in any way we can in these hard days ahead".

China and Russian Federation are comprehensive strategic partners of coordination, and it is quite important for them to intensify communication and coordination in dealing with major affairs, said Xi, who had a tete-a-tete with Putin in the Kremlin shortly after his arrival in Moscow.

"That's why we must all take action together quickly", he wrote.

"Indeed a meeting with the U.S. president is planned before the G20 summit, most probably in the early evening of Thursday", AFP cited Seibert as saying.

This after 10,000 people marched earlier in the day, protesting the gathering that brings together the world's leaders.

Germany and China are expected to take up more of the leadership role long held by the United States at the upcoming Group of 20 (G-20) meeting, Bloomberg reported Monday.