The Group of 20 comprises finance ministers and central bank governors from 20 major economies: 19 countries plus the European Union, which is represented by the president of the European Council and by the European Central Bank. 

IT tariffs deal a positive sign for Sino-US relations

More than 200 tariff lines will be reduced to zero under an expanded ITA.

Amid global acclaim for the deal between China and the US to reduce carbon emissions, other achievements of the Asia-Pacific Economic Forum in the capital last week did not hold the attention for long.

Tuesday, 18 November, 2014, 8:52am

China will never use force to achieve goals, Xi vows

Xi addressed the Australian parliament in Canberra. Photo: AP

President Xi Jinping vowed yesterday never to use force to achieve Beijing's goals, including in maritime disputes, just days after US President Barack Obama warned of the dangers of outright conflict in Asia.

18 Nov 2014 - 2:49am 44 comments

China and Australia wrap up talks on bilateral free trade pact

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and President Xi Jinping met for talks in Canberra following the G20 summit in Brisbane.

China and Australia concluded their near decade-long negotiations over a free-trade deal that will cut tariffs on exports and ease restrictions on investment.

18 Nov 2014 - 3:20pm 8 comments

G20 leaders vow to add US$2tr to global GDP; China to host 2016 summit

Australia is hosting the leaders of the world's 20 biggest economies for the G20 summit in Brisbane on November 15 and 16. Photo: AFP

Leaders of the world's top 20 economies pledged to raise their collective economic output by an extra 2.1 per cent over the next five years, while China has been chosen to host the G20 summit in 2016.

17 Nov 2014 - 8:35am 3 comments

Russian President Vladimir Putin leaves G20 summit early, citing need for sleep

Vladimir Putin cuddles a koala.

Vladimir Putin jetted out of Australia yesterday after a testy G20 summit where he faced concerted Western fire over the Ukraine crisis, saying he left slightly early because he needed to get some sleep.

17 Nov 2014 - 5:17am

US, Japan, Australia risk antagonising China with agreement on military cooperation

Barack Obama, Tony Abbott and Shinzo Abe seal a deal to strengthen military ties between their countries. Photo: AFP

Eyeing Beijing's assertiveness, US President Barack Obama and the prime ministers of Japan and Australia have committed to deepen their military cooperation and work together on strengthening maritime security in the Asia-Pacific region.

17 Nov 2014 - 9:01am 36 comments

Xi Jinping seeks bigger voice for BRICS on global economic governance

The leaders of the five BRICS nations meet in Brisbane. Photo: EPA

President Xi Jinping said the leading developing countries should have a larger say in global economic governance during his visit to Australia for the G20 summit. Analysts said that fitted with China's efforts to promote its global economic status.

17 Nov 2014 - 7:23pm 1 comment

Putin to leave G20 summit early after Western leaders blast him over Ukraine crisis

People protest against Vladimir Putin in Brisbane. Photo: AFP

Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to leave the Group of 20 summit early, a member of his delegation said, after Western leaders blasted Moscow for the crisis in Ukraine and threatened more sanctions.

16 Nov 2014 - 8:07am 1 comment

At G20 summit, US and Europe blast Russia over Ukraine

Russia's President Vladimir Putin (right) arrives as Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper and US President Barack Obama look on during the G20 Summit welcoming ceremony in Brisbane on Saturday. Photo: AFP

US President Barack Obama said on Saturday that Russia’s aggression against Ukraine was “appalling” and a threat to the world, while European nations threatened further sanctions against Moscow if it did not end the flow of weapons and troops.

15 Nov 2014 - 3:35pm 2 comments

At G20 summit, Obama warns against Asia-Pacific bullying, in message to China

US President Barack Obama speaks in Brisbane. Photo: Reuters

US President Barack Obama sent a veiled warning to Beijing as he spoke out against bullying in the Asia-Pacific yesterday. He said his country would renew its commitment to the strategic pivot to the region.

16 Nov 2014 - 6:17am 43 comments

G20 summit set for showdown between Western leaders and Putin

A paper in Brisbane airs its demand of Vladimir Putin. Photo: EPA

A showdown between Western leaders and Russian President Vladimir Putin is likely at the G20 summit which starts in Australia today, following fresh reports of Russian troops pouring into eastern Ukraine.

15 Nov 2014 - 4:30am 3 comments

Putin berates US over sanctions ahead of G20 summit in Brisbane

A Brisbane resident wears a t-shirt that features Russia's President Vladimir Putin and a quote from Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott threatening to "shirt front" Putin - an Australian sporting term - when the two leaders meet at the G20 Leader's Summit. Photo: AFP

President Vladimir Putin accused the United States on Friday of undermining the very trade institutions it created by imposing sanctions on Russia, a “mistake” he hoped would be overcome in the “final count”.

14 Nov 2014 - 5:20pm

From Apec to G20, heavyweights of the global order try to find their place

Leaders gather for a photo at the Apec summit in Beijing. Photo: Kyodo

The G20 claims to "represent over 80 per cent of the global economy". But wherever it goes, it brings disruption and chaos. Meanwhile, real power lies with national government heads who could hardly give a damn about the rest of the world.

15 Nov 2014 - 3:20am

Eggs and surfboards banned in Brisbane for G20 summit

Police boats on patrol in the Brisbane River. Photo: EPA

Eggs, tinned food, reptiles and surfboards will be banned in parts of Brisbane this week as Australia braces itself for everything from unruly protests to mass hostage-taking at the Group of 20 summit.

14 Nov 2014 - 4:27am

G20 nations must end harmful fossil fuel subsidies

Every G20 country is participating in the exploration subsidy fest.

One of the chances to address climate change comes with this week’s G20 summit in Brisbane, Australia, where world leaders can signal serious intent by cutting the fossil fuel subsidies that fuel global warming.

13 Nov 2014 - 5:07am