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Donald Trump and Xi Jinping are the latest players in a drama that goes back a century. (Nikkei montage/Reuters/Getty Images)
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Trump and Xi enter endgame with China's 100-year dream on the line

Goals cherished since the May Fourth Movement come under fire from US

KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | China

TOKYO -- Many people in China watched the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index tumble more than 5% on Monday without knowing why.

U.S. President Donald Trump's bombshell tweets from the day before, vowing to raise import tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods, went unreported in Chinese media.

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