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The frowns behind the smiles at China's G20

Friday, September 02, 2016 - 01:47

China's getting ready to host the G20 summit this weekend, hoping to keep talks focused on trade and technology. But as Tara Joseph reports, ongoing disputes with many of the countries sitting around the table could ruin its plans.

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Move over western powers, it's China's turn to shine. Beijing pulling out all the stops for this weekend's G20 summit in Hangzhou - Spending billions to freshen up this east-coast city. SOUNDBITE (English) TARA JOSEPH, REUTERS REPORTER, SAYING: "China has made it clear it wants this summit to focus on innovation and its own growing role in the world economy. But the world's biggest economies have other issues on their minds that don't exactly chime with China's script for the event." First up is the U.S. with its list of grievances... including cyber hacking and Beijing's claims in the South and East China Seas. Analysts call relations "rough and scratchy". And say a Saturday meeting between Obama and President Xi Jinping isn't expected to yield much. Japan is also up in arms about China's territorial claims, recently making a fuss about Chinese boats in disputed waters. And Europe is towing a harder line on trade. Warning China this week to open up its markets to foreign investment or risk losing its right to invest billions in the EU. SOUNDBITE (English) TARA JOSEPH, REUTERS REPORTER, SAYING: "Hangzhou has gone to a lot of trouble to make things picture-perfect this weekend, closing roads and switching off factories in order to clean up the skies. The government has also given out one and a half billion dollars worth of travel vouchers to get people out of the city and reduce congestion." Beijing may have pulled out all the stops to ensure a warm welcome for the world's most powerful people... But behind the smiles a different reality. As one western diplomat put it, right now China is angry with just about everyone.

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The frowns behind the smiles at China's G20

Friday, September 02, 2016 - 01:47