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'This is our country': Chinese official, White House staff clash before G20 Summit

Published: Sunday, September 04, 2016 @ 5:33 AM
Updated: Sunday, September 04, 2016 @ 5:33 AM
By: Elizabeth Vale

Top members of President Barack Obama's staff and the White House press corps received a cold welcome Saturday on the eve of the G20 Summit in China.

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The Chinese government kept security tight for the summit, and one Chinese official took issue with the area foreign journalists chose to stand.

In video posted on Twitter, a White House press aide can be seen confronting the official, arguing that the journalists were standing under "our plane, and we're standing under the wing."

"This is our country, our airport," the man shouted back.

National Security Advisor Susan Rice was also confronted when she tried to go under a blue rope separating journalists from Obama's motorcade.

The same official tried to block Rice from getting near the president and exchanged angry words with her until a Secret Service agent stepped in to move her past him.

Rice later informed reporters, "'They did things that weren't anticipated."

Despite the tension, the United States and China later announced both countries had officially ratified the Paris Agreement, an ambitious climate change agreement aimed at cutting global emissions to stymie global warming. Combined, the U.S. and China are responsible for 40 percent of the world's carbon emissions, according to BBC News.

"Just as I believe the Paris Agreement will ultimately prove to be a turning point for our planet, I believe that history will judge today's efforts as pivotal," Obama said Saturday.