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G-20 chair Japan to use finance talks to ease protectionist fever

Broader perspective on trade balance aims to bring both US and China on board

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe serves as chairman of the G20 for 2019.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- As Group of 20 finance chiefs prepare to meet this week, first-time chair Japan is taking pains to drive countries onto some common ground regarding issues such as free trade, as the forum's relevance is threatened by disunity and inaction in the face of a cooling global economy.

Finance ministers and central bank governors from the group of industrialized and developing nations will meet in Washington on Thursday and Friday.

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