- The Washington Times - Saturday, December 1, 2018

President Trump and the other leaders of the Group of 20 agreed Saturday to a joint statement that included support for trade reforms, which was a chief U.S. objective for the summit.

The non-binding agreement, negotiated in all-night talks, capped the two-day G-20 summit in Buenos Aries. The statement papered over deep division between member nations, including Mr. Trump’s opposition to the Paris climate accord.

A senior White House official stressed the importance of support for reforming the World Trade Organization, a top priority for Mr. Trump as he pursues get-tough trade policy on China and other countries.

China also agreed to more transparency in financing of infrastructure projects around the world that has stoked fears of Beijing taking over roads, railways and ports in developing countries.

“It’s a consensus that meets many of the U.S.’s biggest objectives,” said the official. “I think really the headline story is on trade reform. For the first time ever, the G-20 recognized the WTO is currently falling short of meeting its objectives and that it’s in need of reform.”

The statement addressed other priorities for the Trump administration such as women’s empowerment and job-training initiatives.


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