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G20 Summit

International cooperation without US has its limitations

Trump aloof at G-20 summit while free trade under threat

AKIO FUJII, Nikkei senior staff writer | China

HAMBURG - United States President Donald Trump left midway through a Saturday morning meeting at the weekend's Group of 20 summit, leaving eldest daughter Ivanka in his stead between British Prime Minister Theresa May and Chinese President Xi Jinping. Those present must have hardly believed what they were seeing.

Trump also skipped discussions on climate change on Friday afternoon for a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, which lasted more than two hours. At the Hamburg summit, world leaders once again had to accommodate themselves to Trump's unconventional behavior, just as they had at the Taormina Group of Seven summit in May.

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