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The G20 world leaders meet every year at different locations depending on who is acting as president of the G20. The presidency rotates every year. This year China's Xi Jimping is the host. Next year Angela Merkel of Germany will serve as president and host.
The meeting covers several topics of global interest including the development of a blueprint for innovative growth, implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, reforms to international finance (especially a push to the International Monetary Fund to finish the 15th General Quota Review), fighting corruption, support for the industrialization of developing countries and promoting the Paris Agreement on climate change.
But what did we hear in the US News? China snubbed President Obama by not offering him the red carpet treatment getting off his plane. And then there was a photo of Putin and Obama staring each other down. Except it didn't really happen that way. Other photos show them having a conversation and looking around, but the photographer caught one instantaneous moment when their eyes were fixed on each other. And they made it into a big story.
Trump meanwhile says he would have got back on the plane and left because of the China snub. Now that's real leadership.
Oh and the Philippine president swore at Obama...called him a "son of a bitch" for questioning his war on drugs in which some 2,000 drug lords have been killed.
Anyway that's the Big News...The China Snub, The Obama-Putin stare down, and Obama being called a son of a bitch.
All that other news about what the purpose of the meeting was for in the first place didn't make the news.