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The Conversation: Xi-Trump, Octopus DNA, Twenty20 cricket

Chinese Premier Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump get down to business today at the president’s Florida resort, Mar-a-Lago. From North Korea to trade and human rights, the leaders have a number of thorny issues to discuss. Despite the huge amount that’s at stake, Kerry Brown writes that it’s personality that matters most. Xi Jinping might not play golf, but he’s got the charisma to win over his US counterpart.
Octopuses are the most intelligent invertebrates. One reason for this might be because they can ignore the instructions from their DNA and alter the way their cells function in order to rapidly adapt to the environment. However, new research suggests this mechanism may also be slowing down the octopus’s long-term evolution.
The sound of leather on willow will reverberate around English county cricket grounds today as the county championship gets underway. But plans for a city-based Twenty20 tournament in 2020 are upsetting those who treasure the quintessentially English nature of the game, say Thomas Fletcher and Dominic Malcolm.
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Annabel Bligh
Business and Economy Editor

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More in common than you might think. EPA

Xi meets Trump: how charisma and personality can ensure peace and prosperity

Kerry Brown, King's College London
Why we can expect Xi Jinping and Donald Trump's meeting at Mar-a-Lago to be a success.

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