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Chinese President Xi Jinping attends a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on June 14.   © Reuters
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KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | China

TOKYO -- Two days after hosting North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Beijing, Chinese President Xi Jinping convened a meeting of his top diplomatic team on Friday and Saturday to discuss long-term strategy.

"We must not get lost in the complex and changing international situation," Xi said, referring to increasingly in-flux geopolitical realities, in no small part accelerated by U.S. President Donald Trump. "China needs a clear understanding" of its status and role in the evolving world pattern, and must formulate principles and policies "through cool-headed analysis of international phenomena and China's relation to the rest of the world," he said.

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