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The frowns behind the smiles at China's G20

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>> Move over Western powers, it's China's turn to shine. Beijing pulling out all the stops for this weekend's G20 Summit in Hangzhou, spending billions to freshen up this east coast city. China is determined to show it deserves to be front and center on the international stage. But simmering disputes with its high profile guests could spoil the party.
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I'm Reuters' Tara Joseph in Hangzhou, China, a city known for high-tech and for tourism. China has made it clear that it wants this summit to focus on innovation and its own growing role in the world economy. But the big Western powers have other major issues on their mind and it doesn't exactly chime with China's perfect script.
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First up is the US with its list of grievances, including cyber hacking and Beijing's claims in the South and East China seas. Analysts call relations rough and scratchy and say a Saturday meeting between Obama and and President Xi Jinping isn't expected to yield much. Japan is also up in arms about China's territorial claims, recently making a fuss about Chinese boats in disputed waters.
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And Europe is towing a harder line on trade, warning China this week to open up its markets to foreign investment or risk losing its right to invest billions in the EU. Hangzhou has gone to a lot of trouble to make things picture-perfect this weekend, closing down roads to reduce congestion, shutting down factories so that the skies are blue.
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it's also given out a $1.5 billion in vouchers to residents so that they will actually leave town. Beijing may have pulled out all the stops to ensure a warm welcome for the world's most powerful people, but behind the smile's a different reality. As one Western diplomat put it, right now China is angry with just about everyone.