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Trump's tour of Asia shows just how powerful Xi has become

'America first' takes second place to trade deals being crafted by China

APEC leaders pose for a group photo in Danang, Vietnam, on Nov. 11.   © Reuters

HANOI The hospitality U.S. President Donald Trump received on his tour of Asia was so warm that he may have felt more at home than in Washington, where he is constantly sparring with the media. But while Trump was relishing the red-carpet treatment and promoting his "America first, bilateral first" trade policy, Chinese President Xi Jinping rather deftly positioned himself as a leader on free trade and global development.

Even Xi's expansionary policy in the South China Sea was left mostly unchecked.

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