Xi and Trump were expected to meet immediately after the Apec summit to sign a “phase one” trade deal. Photo: AFP

Chile’s Apec gathering cancelled, throwing Donald Trump and Xi Jinping’s planned trade war agreement signing into question

  • Trump announced earlier this month that he and Xi would sign ‘phase one’ of a trade war accord at Apec in November
  • But unrest in Chile has led to the cancellation of the meeting as well as December’s COP25 UN climate change conference
Topic |   US-China relations

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Xi and Trump were expected to meet immediately after the Apec summit to sign a “phase one” trade deal. Photo: AFP
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Any trade deal signed Donald Trump and Xi Jinping at their planned meeting in Chile next month will only amount to a pause in a growing rift, according to Washington experts. Photo: AFP

US-China trade deal at Apec would be temporary pause in ‘a growing storm’, experts say

  • ‘The US and China are headed for a prolonged period of open strategic rivalry,’ says Jude Blanchette at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies
  • Outstanding issues including Beijing’s likely reluctance to enforce agreements threaten to prevent the two sides from stabilising the relationship, experts say
Topic |   US-China trade war

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Any trade deal signed Donald Trump and Xi Jinping at their planned meeting in Chile next month will only amount to a pause in a growing rift, according to Washington experts. Photo: AFP
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