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Trump and Abe avoid the rough over two days at Mar-a-Lago

Both had more to gain from golf course camaraderie than trade confrontation

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump renew their bond over golf in Palm Beach, Florida, on April 18.   © Cabinet public relations office

PALM BEACH, U.S. -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump this week sought to show the world, and perhaps China in particular, that they agree much more than they disagree. They shored up their relationship over two days at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate, including a full 10 hours of face time with another round of golf diplomacy. 

Nervous Japanese officials were undoubtedly relieved the summit went off without major snags.

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