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G20 summit kicks off in Hangzhou, China


Leaders of the G20 nations are in the Chinese city of Hangzhou for a two-day summit to find ways of boosting global growth.

Chinese President Xi Jinping is hosting the meeting for the first time, his country’s highest profile event of the year.

The G20 is UK prime minister Theresa May’s first international summit after Britain voted to leave the EU, prompting her predecessor to resign.

Barack Obama says Britain was wrong to vote to leave the EU at G20 summit https://t.co/WZ5AMcNwsm

— Telegraph News (@TelegraphNews) September 4, 2016

The US and China have planned on having what Obama said would be candid talks during his visit. On Saturday, Chinese and US officials had a tense exchange on the tarmac just after Air Force One touched down in Hangzhou.

Tense exchanges in China between US, Chinese officials mark Obama’s arrival at G20 summit https://t.co/uBH8VPokFB pic.twitter.com/pO8sFxrScX

— Fox News (@FoxNews) September 3, 2016

Set to be high on the G20 agenda are strengthening the economic rebound, the Paris climate change agreement and cracking down on corporate tax avoidance. > Economic leaders at #G20 are warning about a global, populist backlash on trade https://t.co/lXSEtpGwfn pic.twitter.com/0OB2xJg98S

— Bloomberg (@business) September 4, 2016

Security has been extremely heightened in Hangzhou with parts of the city of 9 million people turned into a virtual ghost town as China seeks to ensure the summit is incident free.