World leaders are beginning to arrive in Osaka for the G20 summit, where trade tensions may complicate discussions.
Much ink has been spilled on the divisions between two prominent members, the US and China. But Japan's prime minister is using his position as summit chair to stress consensus over conflict.
Shinzo Abe said, "People tend to focus on differences in the international community, but Japan as the host country will focus on what countries have in common and what they can agree on."
Abe will hold an official meeting tonight with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
The Japanese leader is expected to ask for Xi's cooperation to ensure the meeting's success.
As Osaka welcomes leaders to the two-day summit, there are fault lines between various leaders that could prove to be stumbling blocks. Trade isn't the only contentious issue.
Russia has often taken a critical stance on US foreign policies.
And countries are not on the same page when it comes to tackling climate change.