by Julian Borger, The GuardianNovember 2018

How did a forum for global cooperation become a stage for authoritarians?

When the G20 first met in 2008, it was in the heat of a global economic meltdown as world leaders worked together to help stabilize the plunging financial markets. But for the G20’s 10th birthday summit, the mood around the table has changed. Some of the biggest countries including the US, China, Brazil, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Turkey are run by populist autocrats and authoritarians.

The Guardian’s world affairs editor, Julian Borger, is in Buenos Aires for the summitHe says the focus will be on a series of bilateral relationships, particularly between Donald Trump and China’s Xi Jinping, Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. We hear from the Guardian’s foreign correspondents Tania Branigan, Andrew Rothand Martin Chulov.

President Trump and Russian leader Vladimir Putin had an “informal” conversation at the Group of 20 Summit in Buenos Aires on Friday, the White House said. Click To Tweet
Authoritarians are highly prejudiced against racial and ethnic minorities, non-heterosexuals, and women in general.

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