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Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, hosts North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Dalian, China in this undated photo released on May 9.   © KCNA via Reuters
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Is Xi Jinping the scriptwriter of the Trump-Kim summit?

US president saw Chinese leader's hand in North Korean about-face

KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | China

TOKYO -- A Chinese diplomatic source said last week that "Xi Jinping will be the maestro of the U.S.-North Korean summit, even in absentia." 

It was a difficult concept to digest. That the Chinese president will be pulling the strings of the historic June 12 summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, sounded like Chinese wishful thinking.

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