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>> Japan and the EU are set to pencil in a trade deal Thursday, and maybe send a message to Donald Trump, too. The pair will commit to signing a full deal soon. Stumbling blocks have included Japanese cars and European food products, but Reuters Brussels bureau chief says briefings suggest they've been overcome.
>> The Europeans will allow Japanese cars to come to Europe without charging tariffs, which can go as high as 10% over the coming years, and that the Japanese will allow most European food and drink product into Japan over time without tariff. Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe is set to be in Brussels to add clout to the deal.
And the ink will hardly be dry before attention turns to the upcoming G20 meeting. The politics of this is that they are doing this on the eve of a summit in Hamburg in Germany, on Friday and Saturday where the star attraction at that G20 summit will be US President Donald Trump.
He's the guy that they're worried about. He's the man who, on his first day in office in January, pulled the United States out of a trade agreement with a number of Asian countries including Japan.>> Trump has also left an EU, US trade deal in limbo. On Thursday, Japanese and European leaders may not sign off on specifics but their public commitment to free trade will be all too pointed.