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Why Location Matters So Much for Trump-Xi Trade Summit

Xi Jinping and Donald Trump in Beijing, Nov. 2017.

Xi Jinping and Donald Trump in Beijing, Nov. 2017.

Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

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Chile’s decision last week to cancel the Nov. 16-17 APEC summit at which U.S. President Donald Trump and China’s Xi Jinping were hoping to sign their “phase one” (and quite likely only) trade deal has punched a hole in what were already fragile plans. It has also injected something else to negotiate into what has never been an easy process: the hunt for the right location. Here’s are some of the calculations for both sides: