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The most powerful Russian and Chinese leaders in decades, Putin and Xi have forged closer ties as US President Donald Trump has labelled both countries economic rivals that challenge US interests and values.

"You know, whether you like it or not, and it may not be politically correct, but we have a world to run and the G7, which used to be the G8, they threw Russia out, they can let Russia come back in, because we should have Russia at the negotiating table", Trump told reporters before leaving Washington.

Trump said at his meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau he believed the seven nations can hammer out a final communique. But in 2014, Russian President Vladimir Putin alarmed world leaders after moving troops into eastern Ukraine and taking over Crimea.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, whose country is an observer member of the SCO, will also attend the summit at a time when China and Russian Federation are seeking to save the Iran nuclear deal following the U.S.' withdrawal from the pact.

That comment has Trump squarely offside with this fellow G7 leaders, including Canada, who view Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula and its meddling in western elections as a major global security concern.

Trump says he hopes to resolve what he considers unfair trade agreements with US allies during his time at the G-7 summit in Quebec on Friday and Saturday.

The new tariffs - 25 per cent on imported steel, 10 per cent on aluminium from Canada, Mexico and the European Union - threaten to drive up prices for American consumers and companies and heighten uncertainty for businesses and investors around the globe.

"President Putin is the leader of a great country who is influential around the world", Xi said.

Previous G7 summits have seen large-scale anti-globalization protests, but Trump was a main target of the demonstration as masked anarchists set fire to USA flags and those of other G7 nations.

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China is now locked in an ongoing trade dispute with the U.S., which has also imposed tough sanctions on Russian Federation.

"Looking forward to straightening out unfair Trade Deals with the G7 countries", Trump tweeted. A major example, she added, is Trump's summit in the coming days with North Korea's Kim Jong Un.

A year ago at the G7 summit in Italy, Trump and his officials balked at some of the language relating to global efforts to address climate change - the leaders could not produce a consensus statement that Trump would sign - a move that foreshadowed his eventual withdrawal from the Paris climate change accord a week later.

Responding to the anchorman's question about what results the negotiations with Trump might produce, considering that the USA president was to a certain degree "a hostage to the internal U.S. political process", Putin said he hoped that "the dialogue can be constructive". "If it doesn't happen, we come out even better!", he states.

Trudeau and his fellow G7 leaders will try to persuade Trump to reverse the duties when they meet him during the summit.

The issue is certain to be raised when Trump holds separate meeting in Charlevoix on Friday with French President Emmanuel Macron and Trudeau.

As tempers frayed, Trump had a ready retort, via tweet: "Please tell Prime Minister Trudeau and President Macron that they are charging the US massive tariffs and create non-monetary barriers".

"The American president may not mind being isolated, but neither do we mind signing a six country agreement if need be", Macron said in a tweet.

This year, the summit will be Friday and Saturday in Quebec, Canada.

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