The Brief, September 2016

 

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September 12, 2016
 
 
The G-20 Summit: Diplomacy in Action 

Leaders of the world’s wealthiest and most influential countries convened in China last week for the Group of 20 summit, which experts said was an opportunity for each country to advance their own agenda and address global economic challenges.  

Foreign Policy Institute Senior Fellow Harry Broadman wrote in Forbes that leaders should use the face-to-face discussions at the G-20 summit to address "pressing economic issues that collectively pose risks as well as opportunities" for the world, such as eliminating multilateral barriers to world trade, enforcing financial and criminal penalties for corrupt business practices, and implementing economic incentives to reduce global warming. Read more

Director Carla Freeman and Senior Fellow Gregory Chin of the Foreign Policy Institute said in China File that this year's summit in Hangzhou is an opportunity for the Chinese to demonstrate international diplomacy and "advance an agenda for the global economy and development that has some fairly ambitious elements, especially in the areas of green finance and green bonds as tools in efforts to reverse climate change." Read more

Center for Canadian Studies Director Christopher Sands wrote in analysis for the Center for Strategic and International Studies that the summit marks Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's first official trip to China, and "Trudeau hopes the visit will reset the relationship, potentially leading to mutual investment, tourism, and trade." Read more

Director of the Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies Kent E. Calder wrote in the Nikkei Asian Review that the G-20 has legitimacy as a ratification body for broad global consensus decisions, but a gathering of so many leaders can be a challenge in itself since the group's "diversity and unwieldiness makes coherent decisions difficult." Read more 


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