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Jul 7, 2017

G20 Summit: Trump aand Putin Meet as Hamgurg Police Call for Reinforcements - The Guardian | World | Europe | G20 July 7, 2017.
Patrick Wintour

Guardian political editor Anushka Asthana, who is travelling with Theresa May, writes:

Theresa May is holding bilateral meetings with the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and the Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, alongside meetings with the leaders of China, India and the US, Downing street have told us.
They stressed that the meetings were with a string of major non-EU leaders, with May likely to want to discuss future trading possibilities. She is planning to raise North Korea, and steel dumping with President Xi this evening, ahead of the gala dinner for the world leaders and their spouses.
“The prime minister would like to see China exercising more influence over north Korea and increased action to reduce overcapacity (in steel),” a senior No 10 official said, adding that further economic cooperation and the question of Hong Kong would also come up.
They said that the meeting with the Turkish leader tomorrow would focus on counterterrorism and the Cyprus talks.
The Guardian’s Berlin bureau chief, Philip Oltermann, has been speaking to more residents who witnessed last night’s violence:

Waltraut Waidelich, a resident of the Schanzenviertel district, said she had deliberately parked her car in the more upmarket Altona district yesterday, only find her vehicle surrounded by burnt-out cars this morning.
The 60-year-old said she felt some of the violent protests where undermining more constructive protests and alternative conferences taking place in Hamburg this weekend: “At the alternative summit, I saw a lot of highly competent people looking constructively at ways in which we can transform the economy along more social and ecological lines.”
Some degree of protest and disagreement was normal, she said: “We have to remind politicians visiting our city that they have to work harder. But I prefer creative forms of protests, and I am not sure what torching normal people’s cars is meant to achieve. There were a lot of young men on the streets who were mainly out to play cops and robbers with the police. Violence is not my way.”

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Theresa May at summit

Guardian political editor Anushka Asthana is travelling to the summit with prime minister Theresa May. She sends this:

On counterterrorism, the prime minister spoke on the plane over about how her priority would be stemming access to funding for terror groups.
Asked about pressure from opposition leaders to question Saudi Arabia about its role in financing, she said: “I sit down with Saudi Arabia and others and talk about terrorist financing. But what I’m doing here at the G20 is raising the need for us to work collectively internationally to deal with terrorist financing.”
That sounds like the prime minister is not likely to be raising any direct questions with the Saudi representative – and despite heavy pressure, the government still has not published the home office report into this issue.
Pushed on climate change, after the UK did not sign up to a letter with the leaders of France, Germany and Italy expressing their disappointment at Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris agreement, May said she was disappointed.
“I hope they will be able to find a way to come back into the Paris agreement,” she said. “I believe it is possible. We are not renegotiating the Paris agreement. That stays,” she added - firming up her language on this point.
On domestic matters, she said the election had not ended up as she hoped but: “There’s two ways the government can react to that. We can be very timid and sit back or we can be bold and that’s what we are going to be.”
And on intimidation of candidates raised by a number of Tory MPs, including Sarah Wollaston in an interview with the Guardian, she said: “There can be no place in our democracy for behaviour like that. I’m determined to do something about it. I’m determined to stamp it out.”
The Guardian’s Jennifer Rankin was following the press conference earlier by EU council and commission presidents Donald Tusk and Jean-Claude Juncker and adds this:

After Italy called on the rest of Europe for help in managing the large numbers of people arriving in boats from north Africa, Tusk said migration was one of the EU’s top priorities for the summit.
“Innocent lives are being lost,” said Tusk. “So far this year, more than 2000 people have died at sea and the number of people dying in the desert is even higher. We need more efforts at the international level to break the smugglers’ business model.”
He added that he would propose to all G20 leaders pursuing “targeted UN sanctions against smugglers. By this I mean asset freezes and travel bans, it is the very minimum that can be done at global level. If we do not get it, it will be a sad proof of the hypocrisy of G20 leaders, but I still hope we will succeed.”
Tusk, a former Polish prime minister, also gave his first reaction to Donald Trump’s speech in Warsaw, where the US president said for the first time he stood by the Nato common defence pact.
The EU leader said he had heard some “surprisingly promising words from the American president” on transatlantic co-operation and readiness to protect the west.
“We have been waiting for a long time to hear these words from President Trump, but the real question is whether it was a one-time incident or a long term policy.”