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How Donald Trump's trade war with Xi Jinping will play out

Opposition is building in the US but the threat to China exists on several fronts

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China Mobile Global Partner Conference held in Guangzhou in December 2018: the Trump administration wants U.S. companies to leave China.   © Imaginechina/AP

U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping may have agreed at the G-20 summit in Osaka to resume trade negotiations, but the path to ending the trade war remains far from clear.

After all, the two leaders reached a similar agreement at the previous G-20 summit -- in Buenos Aires last December -- and those talks ultimately failed, not least because Trump mistook China's conciliatory attitude for weakness.

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