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Wooing Trump, Xi Jinping seeks great power status for China

Trump has spoken of China in almost reverential terms and elevated Beijing as a critical player to resolving the North Korean nuclear stand-off

Jane Perlez & Mark Landler | NYT  |  Beijing 

Chinese leaders have long sought to present themselves as equals to American presidents. Xi Jinping has wanted something more: A special relationship that sets China apart, as the other great power in an emerging bipolar world. The Obama administration declined to play along, worried that it implied an American retreat from Asia. But Xi, the most powerful Chinese leader in decades, may find a more willing partner in President Trump, who is traveling to Beijing this week after stops in Japan and South Korea. Trump has often cast China as an unfair trade rival, and, after arriving ...

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First Published: Wed, November 08 2017. 02:07 IST