By chance or by strategy, Xi and his officials picked their way through unscathed.
Following a nuclear weapons test by North Korea in September, while U.S. President Barack Obama was still in office, it took the U.N. Security Council three months to agree to strengthened sanctions.
Gal Luft, co-director of the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security, a United States think tank, said Trump would want to see China on his side, especially with Russian Federation appearing to be in the North Korean camp.
Bilateral trust has been marred from time to time over Tokyo's reluctance on admitting its past war crimes, the attempt to annex China's Diaoyu Islands and adjacent islets in the East China Sea, and the initiative to abolish its post-war pacifist constitution that forbids the deployment of troops overseas for fight. No one talked about trade. "I think the president is rightly focused on how do we move forward from something that may be an intractable disagreement at this point", said Tillerson, who took part in the meeting along with Lavrov.
"All eyes were on Trump and Putin". Xi stayed out of the alpha-male fight.
Yang also urged Japan to honor its words to take China as a partner rather than a rival, and properly handle issues related to Taiwan and history that bear vital impact on the foundation of mutual rapprochement.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Xi "made it clear that the G20 should adhere to taking the path of open development and mutual benefit leading to all-win results, support a multilateral trade mechanism, and promote worldwide trade and investment". "Obviously that is a game of bluff", the senior diplomat said. "President Duda and I call on all nations to confront this global threat and publicly demonstrate to North Korea that there are consequences for their very very bad behavior".
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In a written statement, she said reports of Trump's meeting with the Russian leader "leave the American people asking why the President continues to fawn over Putin instead of standing up for the integrity of America's democracy". Trump raised the issue of Russia's meddling in the 2016 elections and discussed plans for a cease-fire agreement in Syria.
"For Secretary Tillerson to say that this issue will remain unresolved is disgraceful", Senate Minority Leader Chuck SchumerCharles SchumerConservative warns McConnell to not give up on ObamaCare repeal Schumer rips Tillerson remarks as "disgraceful" OPINION: How liberals hijacked feminism and made it an "elite" club MORE (D-N.Y.) said in a statement.
"Even on trade Trump underscored that he wants cooperation", Ruan said.
Vice Finance Minister Zhu Guangyao told reporters in Hamburg that the Chinese and USA teams dealing the bilateral financial relationship clearly understood that both would be hurt by fighting with each other. "This is unprecedented", Zhu said. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY said it was "disgraceful" and said it was a "grave dereliction of duty" to give "equal credence to the findings of the American Intelligence Community and the assertion by Mr Putin".
Even on Liu Xiaobo, Xi avoided being put on the spot, with China on Saturday allowing a USA and German doctor to meet him at his hospital in northeastern China. -China relations are developing well, with China being an important trade partner to the United States and playing an important role in global affairs.
Abe said the threat from Pyongyang has become "increasingly severe". Next year, the two nations will embrace the 40th anniversary of the signing of the China-Japan Treaty of Peace and Friendship.
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