G20 summit 2019: Trump meets leaders in Osaka

By Jessie Yeung, Ben Westcott, Kevin Liptak and Steve George, CNN

Updated 10:43 p.m. ET, June 29, 2019
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12:01 a.m. ET, June 28, 2019

Trump, Xi spar over Huawei in veiled comments at G20 meeting

From CNN's Kevin Liptak and Ben Westcott

US President Donald Trump, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and China's President Xi Jinping attend a meeting at the G20 Summit in Osaka on June 28.
US President Donald Trump, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and China's President Xi Jinping attend a meeting at the G20 Summit in Osaka on June 28. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

The serious business of the G20 is getting under way in Osaka, with world leaders sitting down to group meetings.

Already differences are starting to show between the US and China, however.

The Trump administration has banned the use of technology from Chinese technology giant Huawei in critical US infrastructure, to the disapproval of Beijing.

During the first session on the governance of digital products, Chinese President Xi Jinping said that countries couldn't develop "behind closed doors."

“As effective data governance should not only facilitate the collection analysis application and flow of data but also respect the right of self management for all countries," he said.

But US President Trump's opening remarks underlined the need to "ensure the resilience and security of our 5G networks."

"This is essential to our shared safety and prosperity," he said.

12:00 a.m. ET, June 28, 2019

Trump meeting with Australian Prime Minister full of smiles and laughter

From CNN's Ben Westcott

President Donald Trump attends dinner with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, third from right, in Osaka, Japan, on Thursday night.
President Donald Trump attends dinner with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, third from right, in Osaka, Japan, on Thursday night. AP Photo/Susan Walsh

US President Donald Trump started his G20 meetings with an easy win on Thursday night.

Unlike many other nations represented in Osaka, the US has no trade disputes or diplomatic tensions with Australia -- and Trump's meeting with Prime Minister Scott Morrison was full of smiles and laughter.

"There’s no better or stronger or deeper relationship than the United States and Australia," Morrison told the US leader, before inviting him to Melbourne for the President's Cup golf event in December.
"I’ll tell you what, I’d like to," Trump said, laughing.

Trump congratulated Morrison on his "tremendous" election win in May.

"He didn’t surprise me, but he surprised a lot of other people. See, I knew him, so I said, 'He’s going to do very well.' And he did. He did," Trump said.

11:47 p.m. ET, June 27, 2019

Angela Merkel is a fantastic woman, Trump says

From CNN's Kevin Liptak

US President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the 2018 G7 Summit.
US President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the 2018 G7 Summit. GEOFF ROBINS/AFP/Getty Images

US President Trump met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel this morning, following earlier meetings with his Indian and Japanese counterparts.

Trump praised Merkel as a "great friend" and a "fantastic woman" at the start of their bilateral session.

"We’ve had a terrific relationship... Trade has reached a high level. It’s reached a level that it’s never reached before," Trump said.

"She’s a fantastic person and a fantastic woman and I’m glad to have her as a friend."

Merkel thanked Trump and noted that “German companies are investing a lot” in the US.

She also said she was “very much looking forward” to discussions on counter-terrorism, and told reporters “of course Iran will be on our agenda today."

11:27 p.m. ET, June 27, 2019

Trump chats with Saudi Crown Prince during G20 group photo

From CNN's Kevin Liptak

Trump and Mohammed bin Salman talk during the G20 group photo in Osaka, Japan, on Friday, June 28.
Trump and Mohammed bin Salman talk during the G20 group photo in Osaka, Japan, on Friday, June 28. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

The 2019 family photo has just been taken in Osaka -- one of the seminal moments of any G20 summit.

During the shoot, US President Donald Trump was placed alongside Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The two leaders appeared to be chatting happily, and Trump patted bin Salman on the back before the picture was taken.

The Saudi Crown Prince is a hugely controversial figure due to allegations of his involvement in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

In June, a UN special rapporteur said after an independent investigation that there was "credible evidence" of bin Salman's involvement in the killing.

But Trump has stood by the Saudi Crown Prince throughout the controversy.

11:26 p.m. ET, June 27, 2019

Is Trump watching the Democratic debate from the G20?

From CNN's Ben Westcott

President Donald Trump would have been about 20 minutes into his meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Osaka when his official Twitter account weighed into the second Democratic debate back home in the US.

The two events are happening simultaneously. And by all accounts, Trump wasn't impressed with what he was hearing at the debate.

"All Democrats just raised their hands for giving millions of illegal aliens unlimited healthcare. How about taking care of American Citizens first!? That’s the end of that race!" the tweet said.

Is the President watching the debate during his G20 meetings? Or has he handed over the keys to his Twitter account for a day?

10:59 p.m. ET, June 27, 2019

Oysters and ice cream: What Japan is serving at the G20

From CNN's Zoe Sottile

Takoyaki, a classic Osaka dish of batter balls filled with octopus.
Takoyaki, a classic Osaka dish of batter balls filled with octopus. G20 Japan/Twitter

Sea urchin. Oysters. Soft-serve ice cream.

These are just a few of the treats Japan is laying out at the G20 venue for its international guests. A "performance kitchen" also features Japanese cuisine and Osaka specialties, prepared right in front of attendees.

At the venue's food stalls, the summit participants can try Osaka classics like takoyaki, batter balls filled with octopus, and kush-katsu, a deep-fried comfort food.

They can also venture into the “canned food tasting corner” to try treats like Miyagi oysters.

Japanese Foreign Minister Kono Taro tweeted a photo of the adorable “tea-time sweets” he enjoyed after the Japan-US bilateral. He also posted pictures of himself engaging in some serious taste tests at the performance kitchen.

10:40 p.m. ET, June 27, 2019

Abe hands Trump easy, visual guide to Japan investment in US

From CNN's Kevin Liptak

US President Trump has had some harsh words for host Japan ahead of his visit to the G20 in Osaka.

In an interview with Fox News Business, Trump complained about the US Japan defense alliance, saying if America is attacked Tokyo doesn't have to help and "can watch it on the Sony television."

But clearly keen to improve relations, Abe handed Trump an A4 guide to new Japan investments in the US during their bilateral on Friday morning.

"Japan has FIVE Additional Investments in JUST ONE MONTH," the document said.

PM Abe's guide to US President Trump of new Japanese investments in the US.
PM Abe's guide to US President Trump of new Japanese investments in the US. White House Pool

10:13 p.m. ET, June 27, 2019

Can Xi Jinping charm Trump out of escalating the US-China trade war?

Analysis by CNN's James Griffiths

Thomas Peter-Pool/Getty Images
Thomas Peter-Pool/Getty Images

While Chinese President Xi Jinping is out meeting leaders and shaking hands today, all eyes are on his bilateral with US President Donald Trump tomorrow.

According to the schedule, Xi will have 90 minutes to convince the US leader not to go ahead with new tariffs on Chinese goods.

While Xi has proven adept at charming Trump in the past, during previous meetings in the US and China, this will be his greatest test yet.

If talks go badly, Trump has threatened to raise tariffs to 25% on a further $300 billion worth of Chinese exports.

It would be yet another blow to an already weakening Chinese economy.

Read the full analysis here.

9:57 p.m. ET, June 27, 2019

Trump, Modi and Abe share a fist bump at trilateral talks

From CNN's Ben Westcott

Trump, Abe and Modi laugh as they bump fists at a meeting at the G20 in Osaka on Friday.
Trump, Abe and Modi laugh as they bump fists at a meeting at the G20 in Osaka on Friday. AP Photo/Susan Walsh

US President Donald Trump had some harsh words for Japan and India in the lead up to his meetings at the G20 on Friday.

In a tweet Thursday, Trump demanded Modi withdraw recently raised tariffs against the US, calling them "unacceptable."

But the three leaders were all smiles on Friday morning at their trilateral meeting in Osaka, even sharing a fist bump when photographers asked the three leaders to shake hands.