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What’s a Global Economy Between Friends?

Trump and Xi have turned this year’s G-20 into a high-stakes showdown

There was a time in the not-too-distant past when “G” summits were earnest, even turgid affairs, at which worthy matters were discussed in polite sitdowns between the leaders of major economies. That was before Donald Trump, of course. If the American president has done anything during his time in office, he’s added drama, spice, and the dual tensions of consequence and uncertainty to the once-carefully scripted art of international summitry.

And yet, as the leaders of the Group of 20 countries prepare to gather in Japan on June 28-29, Trump is outdoing even himself. His threats to

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