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The Global Data War Heats Up

World leaders who gather in Osaka, Japan, for the G20 summit this week will begin a conversation on worldwide data governance—and though they are deeply divided on the question of who should control data, some nations could seek to devise a system that excludes China.

Read Here – The Atlantic

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Why Asia-Pacific Nations Don’t Want To Take Sides In The US-China Trade War At The G20

Various countries in the region are under pressure to support Washington or Beijing as their tariff dispute bleeds into bigger issues. But wariness of putting one offside means most will try to wait for the two giants to work through their differences.

Read Here – South China Morning Post

Will Donald Trump And Xi Jinping Rekindle Their ‘Great Chemistry’ At The G20 Summit?

Chinese and American officials may have spent weeks preparing for the high-stakes summit between Xi Jinping and Donald Trump this weekend, but any hopes of resolving the current trade war may ultimately hinge on their personal chemistry. Their encounter in Buenos Aires on the sidelines of the G20 summit will be the first face-to-face meeting between the two leaders in nearly a year – and the first since Trump started the trade war over the summer.

Read Here – South China Morning Post

Summing Up The Trump Summits

US President Donald Trump’s summits with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki are history, as is the G7 summit in Quebec and the NATO summit in Brussels. But already there is talk of another Trump-Putin summit in Washington, DC, sometime later this year. Some 30 years after the end of the Cold War, a four-decade era often punctuated by high-stakes, high-level encounters between American presidents and their Soviet counterparts, summits are back in fashion.

Read Here – cfr.org

Merkel May Be Leading, But Who’s Following?

The German chancellor herself has said she is highly skeptical of the leadership role ascribed to her by international media. Merkel’s view is, in fact, shared by her fellow citizens, whose appetite for global leadership remains limited. Berlin’s de facto dominance in Europe notwithstanding, Germans are as reluctant as ever to embrace a prominent international role.

Read Here – Politico

On India-China Himalayan Face-Off, China May Just Have A Case

All the bluster and threats between India and China these days should not conceal the fact that on the Doklam stand-off China has a case. Yet, the opacity in the position of all three players—India, China and Bhutan— confuses the issue. Certainly, the face-off speaks for the need for an urgent need for all parties to address the issue through negotiations, rather than military means.

Read Here – The Indian Express

As U.S. Retires From World Leadership, China And Germany Step Up

The U.S. traditionally takes point in the search for common approaches to the big global issues of the day at G-20 summits. Not this time. When world leaders meet in Hamburg on Friday, China and Germany will move in to usurp the U.S.’s role.

Read Here – Bloomberg

Barack Obama ‘Deliberately Snubbed’ By Chinese In Chaotic Arrival At G20

China’s leaders have been accused of delivering a calculated diplomatic snub to Barack Obama after the US president was not provided with a staircase to leave his plane during his chaotic arrival in Hangzhou before the start of the G20.

Read Here – The Guardian

Prince Salman Gets Jump On G-20 As Saudi ‘Mr. Everything’ Tours Asia

Saudi Deputy Crown Prince and Minister of Defense Mohammed bin Salman is representing his father at the Group of 20 summit in China on Sept. 4-5, another indication of the 31-year-old son’s pivotal role in the kingdom. “Mr. Everything,” as he is now called, is King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud’s most trusted adviser and most critical intermediary with other foreign leaders.

Read Here – Al Monitor

In Kissinger’s Footsteps, Susan Rice Steers Smooth U.S.-China Relations

Susan Rice is the latest national security adviser to inherit the framework of Sino-American relations that was created in 1972 by Henry Kissinger: The Chinese ever since have wanted to deal directly and discreetly with the White House as they pursue a relationship that’s somewhere between cooperation and confrontation.

Read Here – Wall Street Journal

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