Expectations low for Trump-Xi talks, preparations limited

Reuters | June 12, 2019

With under three weeks to go before proposed talks between the Chinese and U.S. leaders, expectations for progress toward ending the trade war are low and sources say there has been little preparation for a meeting even as the health of the world economy is at stake. President Donald Trump says he wants to meet with President Xi Jinping at the June 28-29 G20 summit in Osaka, Japan and will decide on whether to extend tariffs to almost all Chinese imports after that. Though neither side has confirmed that a meeting will take place, investors worldwide who have seen over a trillion dollars wiped from global markets in the past month by the trade fight will be closely watching any interaction between the two men.

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Commentary: Plans to create a world class conference centre and venue at Black Rock, next to Brighton Marina, have received a boost, with over £12 million of government funding just awarded to the project.
The money has come via the Local Enterprise Partnership. It'll make a significant contribution to the high costs of redeveloping a site which has been derelict for over 30 years.That could include things like improving sea defences and clearing foundations from the former Black Rock Lido.

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Commentary: Plans to create a world class conference centre and venue at Black Rock, next to Brighton Marina, have received a boost, with over £12 million of government funding just awarded to the project.
The money has come via the Local Enterprise Partnership. It'll make a significant contribution to the high costs of redeveloping a site which has been derelict for over 30 years.That could include things like improving sea defences and clearing foundations from the former Black Rock Lido.

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