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Xi Jinping thought time was on his side in his battle with Donald Trump, but a poor economy proved him wrong. Nikkei montage/Source photos by Reuters
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Did Xi surrender to Trump? China struggles to silence chatter

Trade deal contains many concessions by Beijing like import targets

KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | China

TOKYO -- When the U.S. and China reached a "phase one" trade deal late last week, neither Saturday's prime time news program on state-run China Central Television nor the Sunday edition of the People's Daily spoke a word of it, despite the media fanfare that hit much of the rest of the globe.

Almost no official commentaries about the trade deal have been made since then.

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