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G20 leaders discuss int'l financial system, economy in Seoul Summit

11-12-2010 13:50 BJT Special Report:5th G20 Summit in Seoul |

SEOUL, Nov. 12 (Xinhua) -- Leaders of the world's major developed and developing countries as well as major international institutions were gathering in the South Korean capital on Friday morning to discuss contentious issues including trade imbalances and monetary policies.

Chinese President Hu Jintao (L, front) talks with Mexican President Felipe
Calderon (R, front) during the inauguration of the Group of 20 (G20) Summit in
Seoul, capital of South Korea, Nov. 12, 2010.(Xinhua/Lan Hongguang)

Attending the Seoul Summit were leaders from the 20 member countries, the European Union, the IMF, the World Bank, the UN, the World Trade Organization, the OECD, the African Union, the ASEAN, and the International Labor Organization, as well as from five non-G20 countries -- Ethiopia, Malawi, Singapore, Spain and Vietnam.

For each of the 24 countries, the head of State and about two financial officials were attending the summit.

Chinese President Hu Jintao attended the summit, and he was sitting between Mexican President Felipe Calderon and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper at a huge roundtable.

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