As G-8 convenes in Italy, tough questions of economic stimulus and climate change
The nations meeting in earthquake-devastated L'Aquila are also likely to consider what actions to take on Iran, North Korea.
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This year's G8 has more than enough weighty issues to deal with, from reform of the global financial system to food security, climate change, and development in Africa.
Chinese President Hu Jintao was expected to attend, but returned to China abruptly to deal with violent ethnic clashes in Xinjiang Province. China is one of five developing market economies – along with Brazil, India, Mexico, and South Africa – that have attended the meeting for the past five years.
On the table for discussion will be tough new curbs on greenhouse-gas emissions. Security issues are also on the agenda, with Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi saying the summit could move to tighten sanctions against Iran. Some G8 officials, however, have said that the meeting might limit statements to a condemnation or measures such as the withdrawal of diplomats.