The G20 Research Group's John Kirton engages in a lively discussion with Canadian finance minister Bill Morneau at the media centre at Hamburg, but it was Angela Hou who made sure Mr Morneau got his own copy.
Trade is one of the major topics on the table at the Hamburg Summit — and has received much attention over the past year due to the rise of populist and protectionist sentiments.
As chair of the 2017 G20 presidency, Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel has frequently underlined her ambition to get G20 members to commit to open markets and sustainable trade. Many her colleagues around the table will be pursuing an anti-protectionist agenda characterized by open and inclusive trade. This bodes well, but there may well be resistance from US president Donald Trump, who has often stressed his desire to pursue protectionist trading policies.
At their meeting in Baden-Baden in March, G20 finance ministers had little success on the issue, and released a communiqué that made no reference to combatting protectionist policies. However, Trump has since softened his protectionist approach to trade, having endorsed the text of the communique at the G7's Taormina Summit in late May, where he committed to supporting free and mutually beneficial trade while fighting protectionist and unfair trade policies. This was a divergence from his isolationist and protectionist stance regarding trade.
Zhu Guangyao, China's vice minister for finance, gave the inaugural briefing at the International Media Centre for the G20 summit in Hamburg, even before any of the leaders had arrived. He stressed China's support of Germany's presidency, saying China would do what it takes to make sure the Hamburg Summit is a success. China expects a strong statement on the global economy, but says that the world needs to do its part to manage the demand for steel, as China addresses its own supply issues, to address overcapacity issues. Consensus, he said, is always key.
The G7 leaders issued four documents at their Taormina Summit. The G7 Taormina Leaders' Communiqué covers the whole agenda, and starts by restating the G7 members’ “shared values of freedom and democracy, peace, security, the rule of law, and respect for human right.” Topics include foreign policy — specifically Syria, Libya, ISIS, non-proliferation and disarmament, Ukraine and Russia, the Eat and South China Seas, and cyberattacks — as well as the global economy, inequality, Africa, food security and nutrition, climate change and energy, and health. It also covered two other topics — gender equality and innovation, skills and labour — that were both the subjects of separate documents.
Highlights from a jam-packed day at the G7's Taormina Summit, leading up to the closing press conferences.
Who are all those people? In addition to the G7 leaders — Italian prime minister and host Paolo Gentiloni, U.S. president Donald Trump, French president
Emmanuel Macron, Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe, Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, and the European leaders Jean-Claude Juncker and Donald
Tusk (British prime minister Theresa May had already left on Friday, cutting her presence at the summit short because of the May 22 Manchester concert
bombing) -- several leaders and the heads of international organizations were invited to a special session to discuss human development in Africa and
Beiji Caid Essebsi, president of Tunisia
Mahamadou Issoufou, president of Niger
Uhuru Kenyatta, president of Kenya
Yemi Osinbajo, vice-president of Nigeria
Hailemariam Desalegn, prime minister of Ethiopia
Antonio Guterres, secretary general of the United Nations
Angel Gurria, secretary general of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Moentary Fund
Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank
Alpha Condé, chair of the African Union and president of Guinea
Mahamat Moussa Faki, chair of the African Union Commission
Akinwumi Adesina, president of the African Development Bank
Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau announced, at his briefing at the end of the Taormina Summit, that he will host next year's summit in Charlevoix, a beautiful region of Quebec on the shores of the St. Lawrence River.
At the end of an intense two days of summit diplomacy, Italian prime minister Paolo Gentiloni receives his copy of G7 Italy: The Taormina Summit, hand delivered by Giorgia Ponti.
Highlights of the leaders' first day at Taormina.
Katrina Bland and Sophie Barnett present a copy of G7 Italy: The Taormina Summit to Norio Maruyama, Japanese press secretary, after he briefed the press at the media centre in Giardini Naxos, near Taormina.