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How Xi Jinping's colleagues rejected an 'unequal' trade deal

A 150-page agreement was sent back to Washington, gutted and shrunk to 105 pages

KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | China

TOKYO -- Early this month, the Chinese government sent the U.S. a trade deal draft that had been slashed from 150 pages -- painstakingly assembled by both sides over five months of negotiations -- to 105.

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