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Global disputes set to jolt G7 summit in Biarritz

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Published on August 24, 2019 - Duration: 02:05s

Global disputes set to jolt G7 summit in Biarritz

Global leaders have met on the sidelines of the G7 summit, despite protests, friction over trade and climate change likely to dominate talks.

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Global disputes set to jolt G7 summit in Biarritz

European leaders arrived in Biarritz, France on Saturday (August 24) ahead of a G7 summit which promises to be a tense meeting of the world's major industrialized nations.

The President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, had stern words for Donald Trump, who also arrived in the French resort town on Saturday.

(SOUNDBITE) (French) EUROPEAN COUNCIL PRESIDENT DONALD TUSK ON TRADE WAR SAYING: "For me it's absolutely clear that if someone, for example, the United States and President Trump, use tariffs and taxation as a political instrument, tool for some different political reasons, it means that this confrontation can be really risky for the whole world, including the EU." Making his debut on the world stage, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned the U.S. President to pull back from a trade war with China that is already destabilising economic growth around the world.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) UK PRIME MINISTER, BORIS JOHNSON, SAYING: "There are all sorts of people, who will take any excuse at all to interfere with free trade and to frustrate trade deals, and I don't want to see that.

I do want ..." JOURNALIST ASKING: "But on that note, will you be saying to Donald Trump he should not be escalating the trade war with China?" JOHNSON SAYING: "I do want to see the tragedy in Brazil tackled properly and that's what we're going to do and that's what the UK stands ready to support at a global level... And on trade with China, and on free trade generally - you betcha.

We are absolutely..." JOURNALIST ASKING: "But you're telling President Trump that he should not be escalating the trade war with China?" JOHNSON SAYING: "You bet, you bet, thank you." Meantime, anti-globalisation and climate activists teamed up with "yellow vest" protesters and Basque nationalists to protest the G7 meeting- saying world leaders don't do what they say and that the rich-poor divide is growing due to a lack of action.

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