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G-20 summit: Beijing keeps its guard up despite winning concessions

No one would be surprised by the outcome of the much-touted meeting between the presidents of China and the United States yesterday.

Since China belatedly confirmed that President Xi Jinping would sit down with his US counterpart Donald Trump on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit, observers predicted that the two leaders would shake hands on extending the truce in their trade conflict, and then let their negotiating teams get back to the table.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on June 30, 2019, with the headline 'Beijing keeps its guard up despite winning concessions'. Print Edition | Subscribe