Media focuses on huge potential of G20 Hangzhou meetings

Source:Global Times Published: 2016/8/14 20:53:39

As the annual Group of 20 (G20) summit draws closer, media across the world have been paying attention to Beijing's role in supporting the growth of less developed economies.

Leaders of the world's 20 largest economies are scheduled to meet in Hangzhou, East China's Zhejiang Province on September 4 and 5.

Hopes are high that China's leadership will breathe fresh life into the quest for an elusive global recovery.

According to The Herald of Zimbabwe newspaper, many African countries are hoping that the annual event will focus on issues dealing with the skewed development trajectory of the world.

The newspaper also highlighted China's stance that less developed countries urgently need to speed up the process of industrialization.

"This hope is pinned on China's stance that it will push the G20 members at the meeting to consider supporting the industrialization of Africa," it said.

"Given its status, China can successfully act as a 'broker' to leverage both political and economic power between developed and developing countries," it added.

Meanwhile, other diplomatic issues of global concern are also expected to be raised. British and Russian media paid close attention to the announcement that British Prime Minister Theresa May and Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold a meeting at the coming G20 summit.

Sky News reported that May and Putin agreed during a telephone conversation to see each other at the summit to seek closer and healthier ties between the two nations.

Both leaders had said they were unhappy with the current state of relations between Britain and Russia, Sky News quoted a Kremlin spokesman as saying.

Russia and Turkey have also been trying to repair their ties as Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan could hold a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit, Turkish Ambassador to Russia Umit Yardim told Sputnik on Thursday.

The article is a commentary from the Xinhua News Agency. The article first appeared on Xinhua. opinion@globaltimes.com.cn

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