The New York Times reports, "The fate of a yearlong trade war will reach a pivotal moment this weekend as President Trump and President Xi Jinping of China meet in Japan. But while both leaders appear open to a truce, they have hardened their positions ahead of the talks, leaving it unclear how the United States and China will resolve the tensions that have thrust the world's two largest economies into conflict. Both leaders have an incentive to avoid a further escalation of a trade war that has battered companies and consumers on both sides of the Pacific. The global economy is weakening as a result of the trade war, with China and America feeling the effects, putting Mr. Trump's re-election and Mr. Xi's popularity at risk. But neither leader wants to be seen as capitulating or agreeing to concessions that could give them less leverage once trade talks resume."
Bloomberg reports, "Several Huawei Technologies Co. employees have collaborated on research projects with Chinese armed forces personnel, indicating closer ties to the country's military than previously acknowledged by the smartphone and networking powerhouse. Over the past decade, Huawei workers have teamed with members of various organs of the People's Liberation Army on at least 10 research endeavors spanning artificial intelligence to radio communications. They include a joint effort with the investigative branch of the Central Military Commission -- the armed forces' supreme body -- to extract and classify emotions in online video comments, and an initiative with the elite National University of Defense Technology to explore ways of collecting and analyzing satellite images and geographical coordinates. Those projects are just a few of the publicly disclosed studies that shed light on how staff at China's largest technology company teamed with the People's Liberation Army on research into an array of potential military and security applications."
Reuters reports, "Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed to work together to promote 'free and fair trade' in talks on Thursday that included a 'complicated' global economic landscape, a Japanese official said. Both countries are locked in a trade dispute with the United States as the world's biggest economy threatens its major trading partners with tariffs to reverse what President Donald Trump says are unfair imbalances that hurt the U.S. economy. Meeting ahead of a two-day G20 summit in Osaka starting on Friday, Xi and Abe had a 'very frank exchange', including issues between the United States and China, Japanese deputy chief cabinet secretary Yasutoshi Nishimura said. He declined to elaborate. 'The two leaders (Abe and Xi) agreed on developing a free and fair trading system,' Nishimura told a briefing on the bilateral summit."