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Chinese President Xi Jinping's quest for self-reliance led to policies that attempted to make the country less dependent on the U.S. That may have been more important to the current trend than former U.S. President Donald Trump's trade war. (Source photos by AP and Reuters) 
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Analysis: Xi, not Trump, started on path to decoupling

The leader's desire to be independent of U.S. influence has been consistent for 11 years

KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | China

Katsuji Nakazawa is a Tokyo-based senior staff and editorial writer at Nikkei. He spent seven years in China as a correspondent and later as China bureau chief. He was the 2014 recipient of the Vaughn-Ueda International Journalist prize.

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