Things turned a little sour between the United States and China ahead of the G20 summit as Chinese officials confronted President Barack Obama’s accompanying staff in at least three incidents.
One heated exchange caught on camera shows the moment one Chinese official shouting at a White House press aide for standing too close to Obama as he made his way onto the tarmac.
In response, a White House staff member reportedly insisted the U.S. delegation has its own rules pertaining to the president and the Air Force One.
It was then when the Chinese official yelled: "This is our country! This is our airport!”
The drama, as it turned out, did not end there. When U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice and others tried to walk towards Obama, the Chinese official blocked their path, mistaking them for reporters.
An argument ensued between the official and Rice, and U.S. Secret Service agents had to intervene.
China seems to be determined to make the summit a successful event, considering some of the extreme measures taken by local authorities. For example, factories were shut down and local residents have been given extra vacation time — with special travel offers to travel outside the city. Even the dense smog that canopies many Chinese cities has been cleared.
But the argument on the runway underscores the country’s stranglehold on the media as well as its ever-contentious relationship with Western nations, especially the United States.
At the international forum, the U.S. and China — the world's two biggest carbon emitters— have decided to ratify the Paris Agreement.
The Paris Agreement, part of the U.N.'s 2015 Convention on Climate Change, has clauses to help begin greenhouse gases emissions mitigation, adaptation and finance in the year 2020.
This will be Obama's last G20 stint as the U.S. president.
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