The G20's top points of contention

5. Divergent identities, norms

The G20 is a diverse bunch. There are two non-democracies – Saudi Arabia and China – and a country with an ambivalent relationship to democracy – Russia – joining 17 democracies at the table. There are countries that have long been capitalist, globalized and wealthy (the former G7 was all Western countries, plus Japan) and there are several that are still trying to understand what it means to be an economic power – China, India and Indonesia, to name a few. The disparities have thrown cultural norms into the already contentious mix of factors at play.

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