What we can learn. The annual G-20 summit opens in Buenos Aires today, an event that’s strangely similar to an all-star game: The main event is almost always meaningless, but on a good year, the drama, the rumors and the salacious speculation about what’s being said behind closed doors can be instructive. (Who will give Mohammed bin Salman the cold shoulder? Will Donald Trump take the China hawks or the China doves to his high-stakes dinner with Xi Jinping? Was foul play to blame for the problems with late-arriving Angela Merkel’s plane?) Recent events – Trump’s myriad trade wars, the fallout from the Khashoggi murder, the Ukraine-Russia standoff in the Kerch Strait – have made 2018 one of the good years. Of course, there’s only so much we can learn from parsing leaders’ canned statements and noting who met with whom. Still, getting adversaries in a room together is probably a good and useful thing, even if few of them alone have the freedom to decide how to shape the
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