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Obama presses China's Xi on South China Sea at G20

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>> It's all smiles and handshakes in front of the camera at the G20 Summit in Hangzhou, China, but behind the scenes, a serious list of world leaders actually trying to tackle some very divisive and thorny issues. I'm Reuters' correspondent, Tara Joseph. I'm in the massive press center at the G20 Summit, which is actually operating under a very controlled environment in China.
00:00:26
The Summit is now officially underway, with leaders of the world in a massive room together. But it really kicked off on Saturday night after President Obama landed here meeting with Xi Jinping for about four hours, the US bringing up the very divisive issue of security in the South China Sea.
00:00:46
Now from here we get the bilateral meetings behind closed doors. Russia's leader meeting with European leaders, etc., trying to tackle issues around global terrorism and other difficult problems of migrants moving from one country to another. The G20 Summit has really been set up to talk about the global economy, and that was one of the main reasons why China was really keen to host this summit.
00:01:12
It wants to boast Innovation and talking about its role in the global economy. But there are so many difficult issues this year, many of them around elections, leaderships, even Brexit, and trade, that it's been very difficult to push forward that theme. As a journalist walking around Hangzhou, this city is under serious security, also, there's nobody in the streets.
00:01:37
The environment has been controlled to look like a picture perfect summit. We'll find out a little bit later what the main communique of this summit is going to be, but right now it seems that there's some hard negotiations going on behind closed doors.