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However, the broader political and economic context cannot help but affect the G20 bloc as a global governance mechanism, despite China trying hard to keep divisive issues off the table.
Tom Bernes, the former executive director with the Centre for International Governance Innovation, a think tank, said that the summit in Hangzhou was “overshadowed by the lack of political strength of most leaders of the G20”.
He pointed to the fact that Obama is leaving office in a few months, and that many European leaders are facing elections at home.