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G-20 summit Osaka

Trump and Xi trade barbs over 5G before summit

Combative tone at G-20 event raises doubts about Abe's progress on data rules

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, center, hosted a G-20 event on the digital economy June 28, sitting between Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping.   © Reuters

OSAKA -- U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping sparred over fifth-generation wireless technology during a Group of 20 session here Friday, a potential warmup for their much-anticipated summit Saturday.

At the session devoted to the digital economy, Xi likened data to oil in terms of its importance to advanced economies and warned that governments should not interfere in markets.

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