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While Donald Trump has done more to earn a reputation of being unpredictable, Xi Jinping has spent the past few months alternating between being hostile and friendly toward his trade war sparring partner. (Nikkei Montage/Getty Images)
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Baffled by Trump, Chinese propagandists waffle ahead of Osaka

Surprise TV airing of pro-US romance movie reflects Xi Jinping's wavering

KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | China

TOKYO -- Heading into the Group of 20 summit in Osaka and a planned meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump, Chinese President Xi Jinping has been struggling to come up with a coherent strategy. This inner conflict was reflected in two conflicting messages in movies aired by Chinese state TV.

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