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A battle over ocean rubbish reflects last-minute G-20 statement wrangling

Tussle reflects broader divide on show in previous summits, where Europe and others are seeking to preserve a global system of economic rules that US President Trump attacks as outdated and unfair

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Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, US President Donald Trump and White House senior advisor Ivanka Trump attend a women's empowerment event during the G20 leaders summit in Osaka, Japan. Photo: Reuters

Ilya Arkhipov, Tim Ross and Nick Wadhams | Bloomberg
Disputes over wording on climate change and trade are unresolved with hours to go before Group of 20 leaders are due to release a communique from their summit in Japan, raising the risk of a very watered-down document or no statement at all.

Negotiators worked through the night, but several officials familiar with the discussions say things remain fraught. One said drafters were on the job until 5 a.m. local time and are meeting again this morning. A planned briefing by European Union negotiators, who are known as sherpas, was cancelled.

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First Published: Jun 29 2019 | 8:08 AM IST

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