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Trade Talks Resume at G20

Washington sends mixed messages before high-stakes summit this week

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President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping will meet at the G20 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, this week with hopes centering on a trade breakthrough between the two countries, reports Aljazeera.

Analysts and business leaders, however, are expressing disappointment over intensifying tensions in the lead up to the summit.

Henry Wang, president of the Beijing-based think-tank Center for China and Globalization, was surprised when last week U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer released a statement saying China had failed to alter "unfair, unreasonable, and market-distorting practices."

"It's not appropriate to publish this negative report prior to the summit. It's not conducive to constructive dialogue, and it just doesn't look good," Wang told Aljazeera.

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