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Abe-Trump deal brings welcome respite in global trade conflicts

But preliminary US-Japan accord may pave the way to common front against China

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A handshake -- U.S. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reach a preliminary bilateral trade deal.   © Reuters

The announcement that the U.S. and Japan would begin bilateral negotiations on trade suggests that Japan has given ground in its reluctance to engage with the Trump administration.

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