10 Jul '17, 11pm

Brace yourself for @realDonaldTrump tantrums on trade. My latest

Brace yourself for @realDonaldTrump tantrums on trade. My latest

Mr Donald Trump going mano a mano with Russian President Vladimir Putin eclipsed all else at last week's Group of 20 (G-20) summit. Yet history will show that the atmospherics surrounding Mr Trump's dealings with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Hamburg were far more fateful. It's no coincidence that the United States President's exchange with his Chinese counterpart seemed an afterthought - something Mr Trump's people squeezed in around a baroquely choreographed Putin matchup (even confusing China and Taiwan in the readout). Blame it on the bruised ego of a man who thought he'd got the better of Mr Xi. Transactional Trump figured that by inviting Mr Xi to his Mar-a-Lago Florida retreat and serving him the "most beautiful piece of chocolate cake that you've ever seen", Mr Xi would magically force Pyongyang to denuclearise the Korean peninsula. The real story here is how Mr ...

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