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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 13 December 2018

World leaders arrive for G20 summit - in pictures

The two-day gathering in Argentina will be a major test for the Group of 20 industrialised nations

A summit of the world’s top economies will open on Friday with leaders struggling over fallout from a US-China trade war that has roiled global markets and bracing for the kind of divisive geopolitical drama that President Donald Trump often brings to the international stage.

The two-day annual gathering will be a major test for the Group of 20 industrialised nations, whose leaders first met in 2008 to help rescue the global economy from the worst financial crisis in seven decades, but which now faces questions over its relevance to deal with the latest round of crises.

Overhanging the summit in Buenos Aires, the Argentine capital, is a bitter trade dispute between the United States and China, the world’s two largest economies, which have imposed tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars of each other’s imports.

All eyes will be on a planned meeting between Mr Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday after the US president had already cancelled .

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