Collision of politics, trade make US-China deal increasingly difficult: Trade experts

Presidents Xi Jinping (left) and Donald Trump will meet at the G-20 meeting in Osaka to get derailed trade negotiations back on track.
Presidents Xi Jinping (left) and Donald Trump will meet at the G-20 meeting in Osaka to get derailed trade negotiations back on track.PHOTO: NYTIMES

BEIJING - When Mr Stephen Olson began his career as a United States trade negotiator in the 80s, trade was an arcane subject.

It was the domain of number-crunchers, concerned with lowering sky-high tariff levels post-World War II, on such obscure items as industrial pumps.

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