Hamburg — Leaders from the world’s top economies prepared for tough talks with US President Donald Trump on climate change and trade on Friday as a Group of 20 (G-20) summit got under way in Germany amid the threat of violent protests. The meeting in the port city of Hamburg comes at a time of major shifts in the global geopolitical landscape, with Trump’s "America First" policies pushing Europe and China closer together. Chinese President Xi Jinping took a swipe at the US for retreating from globalisation, exposing the tension before a meeting of world leaders divided over everything from trade and climate change to handling North Korea’s provocations. Xi slammed unnamed "major" developed nations for stoking geopolitical risks through calls to reverse globalisation and return to protectionism. China and others must respond by stepping into the leadership vacuum and pressing for their interests, he said. "Major developed countries have significantly backtracked positions on trade, c...

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