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The meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and North Korea's Kim Jong Un was heavy with symbolism. (Image from Korean Central Television)
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Project 2035: Xi tells Kim why China is a better bet than Trump

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KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | China

TOKYO -- When Chinese President Xi Jinping met North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in late March, he touched on the year 2035, an increasingly important target year for Xi and his aides.

"People have to understand why Xi talked to Kim about 2035, and what it means in the context of the power struggle between the U.S. and China," said a source familiar with Chinese politics and China-Korea relations.

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