Looking at the recent state of global politics, we can see a strong trend in which President Trump is attempting to solve everything by bringing up bilateral deals. However, unlike at the APEC Summit, the G20 Summit was able to put together a Leaders’ Declaration. The fact that an agreed document was produced not bilaterally, but at a multilateral forum, is an important outcome. On the other hand, I believe that we will see progress in the creation of new rules surrounding commerce that differ from those that exist now. I should note that the problems between the United States and China are not only about trade friction; they also involve strategic factors in the form of competition between the two nations for dominance in the global market. These are very deep-seated issues. As the Chair nation of the G20, Japan will need to raise issues toward the promotion of free trade and contribute to the development of the international community.
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