Later this week, United States President Donald Trump will meet his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping at the Group of 20 (G-20) summit in Argentina. Wishful thinkers believe that Mr Trump, the dealmaker, will push for his biggest deal yet - a ceasefire in the trade war with China. This would make for good headlines and photo opportunities. But the odds are against any meaningful agreement.
One of the things that have kept alive and even fuelled the US-China trade war is a dialogue of the deaf: Two governments that have been talking past each other and cannot seem to agree on almost anything that bedevils their trade relationship.