Tensions mount ahead of Xi-Trump summit as China hawks circle in Osaka

By Zhou Xin  
Orange Wang 
28 Jun, 2019

As the countdown begins to the high-stakes summit between Chinese President Xi Jinping and his US counterpart Donald Trump on Saturday in Japan, speculation is rising as to who might be in the room when the leaders of the world’s two largest economies sit down together.

Sources said earlier that the two sides had already reached tentative agreements on how to move towards a solution to their year-long trade war, although the Trump administration has not ruled out imposing tariffs on a further US$300 billion worth of Chinese products.

While the agreement to hold the meeting – on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Osaka – is a clear sign of the presidents’ intent, how well the talks actually go is likely to depend on the atmosphere around the negotiating table. And that could hinge not on the interaction between Xi and Trump, but between the members of their respective teams.

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