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The Best Case Scenario: What the Trump-Xi Dinner Could Yield

  • A ceasefire that leads to negotiations and a frozen conflict
  • Whatever happens in Buenos Aires trade wars likely to endure
Donald Trump walks with Xi Jinping in Beijing in 2017
Donald Trump walks with Xi Jinping in Beijing in 2017Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg
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Whatever happens in Buenos Aires when President Donald Trump and China’s Xi Jinping dine on Saturday night, the trade wars are set to be with us well into 2019 and possibly beyond.

There’s a good reason talk swirls about the world slipping into a new Cold War. Power politics are alive and well. And the issues between the world’s two largest economies are too complex and longstanding to be solved in a few hours.