China, Germany to step up global leadership at G-20

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Thousands of people rallied in Hamburg on Sunday to protest at next week's G20 summit, where US President Donald Trump is make his maiden appearance at the forum of major economies.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will also meet at the summit, and Germany will try to push climate change and free trade to the top of the agenda.

It is important to boost head-of-state diplomacy, which leads and promotes the development of bilateral relations, said Putin, adding that Xi's ongoing state visit, the second of its kind since he took office in 2013, will further boost the two countries' partnership. "In any case, I'm not going to do", said Angela Merkel last week to the chamber of deputies. -China relations, and Xi hopes Trump will appropriately handle Taiwan-related issues according to the "One China" principle.

When President Xi Jinping took the stage in Davos in January and painted China as a champion of free markets ready to fill the global leadership role vacated by the United States, German officials couldn't help but chuckle. Last week, the US approved $1.42 billion in arms sales to Taiwan. He called on Gulf leaders urging them to resolve the current ongoing dispute with Qatar in a diplomatic manner.

Trump "reiterated the importance of stopping terrorist financing and discrediting extremist ideology", the White House said, and also "underscored that unity in the region is critical" to combating terrorism.

Earlier Sunday, about 10,000 people marched peacefully through Hamburg streets.

Leaders of the five emerging economies Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa will hold informal talks on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit next week in Hamburg.

Putin and Trump are to hold their first meeting there.