SINGAPORE (July 1): The world is waiting for the outcome of the meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump at the G20 meeting on June 28 and 29. This has become the main course on the menu but the real substance in the G20 is the momentum generated by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s statements at the Shangri-La Dialogue meeting a few weeks ago in Singapore. Momentum has been added by Indonesian President Joko Widodo. Recently, Australia too added its weight to this push, finally acknowledging that despite its so-called special relationship with the US, the collateral damage from Trump’s unilaterally declared trade war was dangerous on a global scale. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is reported to also be supportive.

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