Anders Åslund, Real Clear Defense: How Xi and Putin Humiliated Obama at the G-20
On September 4-5, the G-20 held its annual summit in Hangzhou, China, President Xi Jinping’s home. G-20 summits tend to be meaningless, but this one appears to have been outright harmful. The signature event was when President Barack Obama’s Air Force One was not met with a staircase, and it went downhill from there.
During the global financial crisis in 2008-9, when the main economies in the world needed to come together to reassure global markets, the G-20 was relevant. Ever since, G-20 meetings have lacked significance.
Ironically, the G-20 summit communiqués have become both longer and emptier. This year’s communiqué was a delight for us connoisseurs. The G-20 declared in fourteen pages and forty-eight articles that they favored everything good and opposed everything bad. This communiqué makes United Nations General Assembly statements appear insightful and daring.
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WNU Editor: This is what happens when you are in the unfortunate position of being a lame duck ..... everyone ignores you or they give you a polite hearing.