US stimulus pullback dominates G-20 summit's economic agenda
ST PETERSBURG, RUSSIA (REUTERS) - Russia and China warned on Thursday that the end of the US Federal Reserve's bond-buying programme could have a profound impact on the global economy and urged caution.
Speaking ahead of the start of the Group of 20 (G-20) summit, when economic issues and Syria will top the agenda, host Russia and China, the world's second-largest economy, made clear their concerns about the widely expected "tapering" of the Fed's multi-billion dollar monetary stimulus policy.
Mr Zhu Guangyao, China's deputy finance minister, urged the United States to be "mindful of the spillover effects and work to contribute to the stability of the global financial markets and the steady recovery of the global economy". However, briefing reporters ahead of a meeting of the Brics emerging markets caucus during the G-20 talks, Mr Zhu played down the possibility of a bailout for any country in financial difficulty.
The country hardest hit, India, has not approached the other Brics, which include India and South Africa, despite issuing a public appeal last week for joint forex intervention after the rupee tanked, Russia's summit coordinator Ksenia Yudayeva said.