Tuesday, 19 June, 2018

President Xi Jinping confers upon Vladimir Putin ‘highest state honour of China’

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Deanna Wagner | 10 June, 2018, 12:00

Putin and Battulga are in Qingdao for the 18th Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit.

The SCO meeting comes at a time that Trump unilaterally pulled Washington out of the global nuclear pact with Iran.

"Justin has agreed to cut all tariffs and all trade barriers between Canada and the United States", he joked, but also urged the Prime Minister to cut Mexico out of the troubled NAFTA talks - a suggestion already rejected by Mr. Trudeau.

Rouhani hailed as constructive and important Moscow's role in implementing the nuclear deal.

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, whose country is an observer member, also attended the meeting as he seeks Chinese and Russian support following the USA withdrawal from the nuclear deal with Tehran.

Iran's president warns US will pay a heavy price if it pulls out of the nuclear deal; Benjamin Hall reports from Jerusalem.

"Putin deserves the medal".

Russian Federation and China "are interested in establishing peace and stability on the Korean peninsula", Putin said in a joint press briefing with Xi after their talks.

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On the other hand, Shikha Pandey, Anuja Patil, Deepti Sharma and Poonam Yadav chipped in with one-wicket each. India were 5/2 in 2.2 overs when Mandhana and Harmanpreet joined forces to fix the damage.

China and Russian Federation pledged to support each other on key global issues during a summit in Beijing on Friday, as the two sides hailed an "all-time high" in bilateral ties amid strained relations with the US. They include China, Russia along with four ex-Soviet Central Asian nations, as well as India and Pakistan. Iran is an observer member.

U.S. President Donald Trump disrupted the first day of the Group of Seven summit, calling for Russian Federation to be readmitted to the exclusive club and batting aside strong objections from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other leaders to his protectionist trade and tariffs policies.

"Let's remember why the G8 became the G7".

The 2015 nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, lifted that barrier.

President Xi Jinping gave the leaders of Pakistan and India a "special welcome" to their first summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), in the eastern Chinese city of Qingdao, since their countries joined the group past year.

In the USA, special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating whether Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation in a bid to sway the 2016 presidential election in his favour. Putin stated that the penultimate goal in terms of economic relations between the two countries is integrating and harmonising the One Belt-One Road initiative with the Eurasian Economic Union in order to create and expand a dynamic free trading zone throughout the wider east Asian and Eurasian space whose potential can unleash productivity throughout the region.

Both leaders also issued a joint declaration pledging to preserve the global accord on Iran's nuclear programme which the U.S. withdrew from last month.