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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping talk ahead of lunch at the Beijing Hotel on Jan. 9. U.S. trade negotiators were in meetings with Chinese counterparts across the street.   © Kyodo
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KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | China

TOKYO -- The U.S. trade delegation sitting in Beijing's Ministry of Commerce on Jan. 9 must have wondered what the fanfare was across the street. 

Diagonally across the wide Chang'an Avenue, in the long-established Beijing Hotel, Chinese President Xi Jinping and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un were having a working lunch, under heavy security. 

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