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Chinese President Xi Jinping has direct control of the trade negotiations, filling the delegation with close aides. (Nikkei montage/Reuters) 
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All the President's men: Xi's allies dominate US talks

Communist party, not government, directs key trade negotiations

KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | China

TOKYO -- All eyes will be on Washington as ministerial-level trade negotiations between the U.S. and China resume on Thursday ahead of a looming March 1 deadline.

The trade talks come as the Chinese economy enters a crisis, with new car sales tumbling as much as 15% in January from a year earlier. The Chinese delegation's mission is to defuse the crisis.

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