G20 summit 2019: questions and answers on Day One

U.S President Donald Trump jokes to the media about fist bumping with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi (Reuters/C. Court)
Trump played nice with world leaders at the G20 summit pausing for a fist bump with Abe and Modi

G20 leaders gather as US-China talks loom//AIWA!

Bilateral talks between world leaders were the main order of business in Osaka amid a host of simmering tensions on trade and climate change. DW breaks down the most important takeaways from the first day of the summit.

This year’s meeting is one of the most high-stakes G20 summits to take place in years. Here’s a roundup of what went down on Friday:

Who is hosting and what do they want?

Japan is hosting leaders from the world’s top 20 economies in the western city of Osaka. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appealed for unity from the sparring leaders, and urged for a strong message in support of free trade. Japan will also be keeping close tabs on progress in reviving denuclearization talks with North Korea.

Trump appeared to take Abe’s appeal for unity to heart, as he toned down his usually derisive rhetoric and did a three-way fist bump with the Japanese leader and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

What does the G20 mean for locals?

In stark contrast to the past two G20 summits, which saw massive protests and sometimes violent clashes erupt in the prior host cities of Buenos Aires and Hamburg, the streets in Osaka have been calm, and patrolled by some 30,000 police officers.

Takashi Hatanaka, an employee at a hotel where G20 participants are staying, told DW’s Bernd Riegert that the cordoned off streets don’t bother him.

“The guests are welcome. Japan can show that it is taking on responsibility in the world,” he said.

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