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Sweeping G-20 communique glosses over big-picture issues

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants to train attention on the fact that the Group of 20 (G-20) leaders managed to come to a consensus and sign off on a declaration at the Osaka summit that ended last Saturday.

But it was a loose and sweeping communique over 13 pages that, when read between the lines, exposes deep fissures and little progress on the key issues of free trade and climate change.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 02, 2019, with the headline 'Sweeping G-20 communique glosses over big-picture issues'. Print Edition | Subscribe