Illustration: Craig Stephens
Brian P. Klein
Opinion

Opinion

Brian P. Klein

No trade war breakthrough? No problem – that Xi and Trump are meeting at the G20 should be seen as a win

  • Hopes of a big breakthrough must be tempered as both the US and China walk back expectations ahead of the summit. Neither wants to appear weak or conciliatory, stark differences remain and, as such, a pause is the best we can hope for

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Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump, seen in Beijing in 2017, are expected to attend the G20 summit in Osaka at the end of the month. Photo: Kyodo
Aidan Yao
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Macroscope by Aidan Yao

What hope of a G20 Xi-Trump trade war breakthrough? Don’t hold your breath

  • Even with Xi and Trump now expected to meet at the G20, increased tension and rhetoric mean both sides appear braced for the worst. Tariffs are likely to remain in force, both US and China are likely to keep rates low and the yuan may slide further

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Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump, seen in Beijing in 2017, are expected to attend the G20 summit in Osaka at the end of the month. Photo: Kyodo
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