G20 Summit To Begin In Osaka

G20 summit to begin in Osaka

The G20 summit is officially kicking off in Osaka. The goal is to reach a consensus on a wide range of pressing issues -- despite conflicting views and competing interests.

Most of the world leaders are already in Osaka. Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel touched down Friday morning.

There are four sessions planned.

Topics include the global economy, digital innovation, women's empowerment and the environment.

But trade is expected to dominate discussions -- largely due to the United States shifting its approach under President Donald Trump.

Trump's preference for bilateral deals and his complaints that other countries are taking advantage of the US has disrupted international trading norms.

And as the US and China continue to butt heads on a trade deal, there are growing concerns the economy could sag if G20 leaders do not present a unified front.