Leaders from the world have wrapped up their first day of meetings at the G20 summit in the western Japanese city of Osaka.
Despite expressing concern over trade tensions, leaders appeared jovial during an initial meet-and-greet. But Japanese officials say many are worried about the risk to the global economy posed by ongoing disputes.
World leaders have gathered in Osaka for the G20 summit. The two-day meeting comes at a time of heightened global tensions, including the ongoing US-China trade war and the friction between Washington and Tehran.
The summit officially kicked off Friday morning with a welcome ceremony hosted by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
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.
The G20 summit will be officially underway in Osaka, with leaders kicking off the two-day gathering on Friday.
There are four sessions planned. Topics include: "global economy, trade and investment"; "innovation including digitalization"; "development and women's empowerment"; and "environment and energy".
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.
Leaders of the Group of 20 economies will have some thorny issues to work through when they meet in Osaka on Friday for their annual summit. They're under intense pressure to steer the global economy safely through a period of escalating trade frictions and geopolitical brinkmanship.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping will all be attending.