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Biden, Xi hold virtual summit
Biden, Xi hold virtual summit

Biden-Xi Meeting Unlikely to Halt U.S.-Chinese Slide

Compromise is becoming increasingly difficult—especially over Taiwan.

Biden stands at a podium with the presidential seal on it; behind him is a projected image of the 2021 G-20 logo.
Biden stands at a podium with the presidential seal on it; behind him is a projected image of the 2021 G-20 logo.

It’s Time to Expand the G-20

The United States should help the body finally live up to its promise.

An activist dressed as Argentina’s Eva Perón holds a sign that reads "IMF Debt: Reform or Rebellion" in front of the IMF headquarters.
An activist dressed as Argentina’s Eva Perón holds a sign that reads "IMF Debt: Reform or Rebellion" in front of the IMF headquarters.

The Global South’s Looming Debt Crisis—and How to Stop It

Many poor countries face major economic disruption and possible default on their sovereign debt in 2022.

U.S. President Donald Trump at the G-20 Leaders' Summit in Buenos Aires, on Dec. 1, 2018.
U.S. President Donald Trump at the G-20 Leaders' Summit in Buenos Aires, on Dec. 1, 2018.

Trump Just Missed a Perfect Opportunity to Reassert American Leadership

The G-20 helped beat Ebola. Why can’t it do the same for the coronavirus?

U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping before a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit in Osaka, Japan, on June 29.
U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping before a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit in Osaka, Japan, on June 29.

In Japan and South Korea, Trump Boxed Himself In

The United States is not making progress in its trade war with China or in nuclear talks with North Korea.

U.S. President Donald Trump sits next to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan, on June 28.
U.S. President Donald Trump sits next to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan, on June 28.

China and Japan’s Pragmatic Peace

Facing U.S. unpredictability, both countries have decided that they’re better off working together.

U.S. President Donald Trump fist-bumps Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during a meeting at the G-20 summit on in Osaka, Japan, on June 28.
U.S. President Donald Trump fist-bumps Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during a meeting at the G-20 summit on in Osaka, Japan, on June 28.

The World This Weekend

World leaders converged at the G-20 summit in Osaka, the Trump administration released its Middle East peace plan, and Democratic presidential contenders took the debate stage.

U.S. President Donald Trump fist-bumps Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during a meeting at the G-20 summit on in Osaka, Japan, on June 28.
U.S. President Donald Trump fist-bumps Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during a meeting at the G-20 summit on in Osaka, Japan, on June 28.

To G-20 Leaders, Trump’s Bully Boy Routine Has Grown Old

He’ll insult them in public, then demand a deal behind closed doors. The meeting in Osaka is another test case of the president’s dealmaking skills.

A woman holds a portrait of a former South Korean “comfort woman,” one of those who were forced by Japan’s military into sexual slavery during World War II, at a rally to mark National Liberation Day in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul on Aug. 15, 2018.
A woman holds a portrait of a former South Korean “comfort woman,” one of those who were forced by Japan’s military into sexual slavery during World War II, at a rally to mark National Liberation Day in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul on Aug. 15, 2018.

The United States Needs Japan-South Korea Reconciliation

This weekend's G-20 efforts are likely to flop as old quarrels emerge.

IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde welcomes Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, and others at the G-20 finance ministers and central bank governors meeting in Fukuoka, Japan, on June 9.
IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde welcomes Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, and others at the G-20 finance ministers and central bank governors meeting in Fukuoka, Japan, on June 9.

Experts Get Multipolarity All Wrong

Don’t discount the G-20. In a world with no hegemon, coordinating bodies are more important than ever.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Paris on Nov. 11. (Guido Bergmann/Bundesregierug/Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Paris on Nov. 11. (Guido Bergmann/Bundesregierug/Getty Images)
Leaders of the United States, Canada, and Mexico signed the revised NAFTA accord at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, Nov. 30, 2018. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)
Leaders of the United States, Canada, and Mexico signed the revised NAFTA accord at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, Nov. 30, 2018. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Will Trump Hit Pause on the Trade War With China?

Under mounting pressure, the U.S. president needs a win at G-20 summit.

Finance ministers and central bank governors of the G-20 meet in Berlin on Nov. 20, 2004. (Michael Kappeler/AFP/Getty Images)
Finance ministers and central bank governors of the G-20 meet in Berlin on Nov. 20, 2004. (Michael Kappeler/AFP/Getty Images)

Globalization’s Government Turns 10

For a decade, the G-20 has provided the nondemocratic oversight the global economy deserves.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel greets US President Donald Trump  prior to the start of the first working session of the G20 meeting in Hamburg, northern Germany, on July 7.
Leaders of the world's top economies will gather from July 7 to 8, 2017 in Germany for likely the stormiest G20 summit in years, with disagreements ranging from wars to climate change and global trade. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / IAN LANGSDON        (Photo credit should read IAN LANGSDON/AFP/Getty Images)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel greets US President Donald Trump prior to the start of the first working session of the G20 meeting in Hamburg, northern Germany, on July 7. Leaders of the world's top economies will gather from July 7 to 8, 2017 in Germany for likely the stormiest G20 summit in years, with disagreements ranging from wars to climate change and global trade. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / IAN LANGSDON (Photo credit should read IAN LANGSDON/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump, Putin, and the G20

President Trump has returned from his first G20 summit and a highly anticipated sit-down with Putin. Did it live up to expectations?

US President Donald Trump (R) and Russia's President Vladimir Putin speaks during their meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, on July 7, 2017. 
Leaders of the world's top economies will gather from July 7 to 8, 2017 in Germany for likely the stormiest G20 summit in years, with disagreements ranging from wars to climate change and global trade. / AFP PHOTO / SPUTNIK / Mikhail KLIMENTIEV        (Photo credit should read MIKHAIL KLIMENTIEV/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump (R) and Russia's President Vladimir Putin speaks during their meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, on July 7, 2017. Leaders of the world's top economies will gather from July 7 to 8, 2017 in Germany for likely the stormiest G20 summit in years, with disagreements ranging from wars to climate change and global trade. / AFP PHOTO / SPUTNIK / Mikhail KLIMENTIEV (Photo credit should read MIKHAIL KLIMENTIEV/AFP/Getty Images)
TAORMINA, ITALY - MAY 26:  German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President Donald Trump arrive for the group photo at the G7 Taormina summit on the island of Sicily on May 26, 2017 in Taormina, Italy. Leaders of the G7 group of nations, which includes the Unted States, Canada, Japan, the United Kingdom, Germany, France and Italy, as well as the European Union, are meeting at Taormina from May 26-27.  (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
TAORMINA, ITALY - MAY 26: German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President Donald Trump arrive for the group photo at the G7 Taormina summit on the island of Sicily on May 26, 2017 in Taormina, Italy. Leaders of the G7 group of nations, which includes the Unted States, Canada, Japan, the United Kingdom, Germany, France and Italy, as well as the European Union, are meeting at Taormina from May 26-27. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

G-20 Communique May Further Isolate U.S. on Climate Change

It’s likely that 19 countries will affirm their commitment to the Paris Climate agreement, leaving Trump alone in rejecting it.

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