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Shinzo Abe's advice to Xi Jinping on talking tariffs with Donald Trump at their G20 trade war dinner

2018-12-06 09:47:40       source:South China Morning Post

December 6, 2018

When Chinese President Xi Jinping sat across the table from his US counterpart Donald Trump in Argentina last weekend, he exuded quiet confidence and impressed the Americans with a detailed presentation that led to a truce in the trade war between the two countries.

But a month earlier at a dinner in Beijing with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the Chinese leader was less certain about what would come from the discussions in Buenos Aires.

During the dinner, Xi, who has forged a new-found friendship with Abe after years of strained relations between Beijing and Tokyo, asked the Japanese leader for advice before he set off for the Argentine capital, according to a source familiar with the conversation.

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