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Can Trump and Xi find a landing zone in Osaka?

It might seem the U.S. and China cannot do a deal unless one side caves. That's not so.

| Japan

With U.S. President Donald Trump and China's Xi Jinping agreeing to talks on the margins of the Group of 20 summit in Osaka on June 28-29, the conversation has shifted from "will they meet?" to "will they strike a trade deal?"

While Trump enjoys doing the unpredictable, the prospects of concluding a trade agreement in Osaka are remote. Taking a page from their last meeting, in Buenos Aires in December, the likely scenario is that the U.S. and China will announce a resumption of negotiations, coupled with a cease-fire on further tariff and trade-related actions.

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