Presidents Trump and Xi Have 3 Major Issues to Discuss This Week

President Trump is pulling no punches in his complaints about trade with China in the run-up to the historic meeting this week at Mar-a-Lago with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Much of the rhetoric is straight out of Negotiating 101 -- establish extreme and unreasonable positions to anchor the issues to be discussed -- and we need not overreact. However, the initial discussions will cover essential issues that will eventually impact trade, our economy and the markets, so investors do need to care about more than whether the two leaders shake hands.

As an American living in Beijing, in unique circumstances no less, my view of the issues in play is somewhat different from conventional wisdom, since I see the competition up close and personal. So I took the liberty of writing a briefing book for the President. I am sure Fedex will deliver it to Mar-a-Lago any day now, but meanwhile I will share with you the executive summary on some key economic issues. Trump and Xi will go mano-a-mano on these, in private at least. I do not expect any resolution, but in private there should be some movement, and perhaps a few token initiatives to publicly demonstrate some progress. Each side has powerful incentives driving their positions, so any progress is going to be slow and painful....1084 more words left in this article. To read them, just click below and try Real Money FREE for 14 days.

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