G20 Summit begins: Ukraine expected to take centre-stage

G20 Summit begins: Ukraine expected to take centre-stage

G20 Summit begins: Ukraine expected to take centre-stage

Written by Bella Dalima

15 Nov, 2014 | 6:08 pm

Leaders from the world’s strongest economies have gathered in the Australian city of Brisbane, commencing the G20 summit, with the crisis in Ukraine expected to take centre-stage.

The two-day summit, which began today, promises to be a showdown between Western leaders and Russian President Vladimir Putin, amid fresh reports of Russian troops pouring into eastern Ukraine.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott formally opened the G20 Summit in Brisbane telling world leaders they must now deliver on promises of global growth and job creation.

With global security concerns on the rise in Ukraine and the Middle East, and high profile moves on battling climate change garnering headlines, G20 host Australia has sought to keep the focus on boosting world growth, fireproofing the global banking system and closing tax loopholes for giant multinationals.

Meanwhile, hundreds of protesters grabbed the opportunity to promote their causes.

The G20 summit has become an annual gathering for protests of all sizes and on all sorts of issues.

Protesters, holding banners and chanting slogans, rallied in the city centre before marching through the streets and towards Musgrave Park, the destination of the so-called G20 People’s March.

They protested over issues ranging from climate change, rights of Aboriginal Australians, education to human rights.

Meanwhile, in a speech aimed at highlighting his strategic rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region, President Barack Obama said The United States is a Pacific power committed to its Asian allies and will not tolerate small nations being bullied.

 

 

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