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Many of China's economic goals to be discussed at the National People's Congress will be influenced by the policies of U.S. President Donald Trump. (Nikkei Montage/Source photo by Reuters) 
China up close

Trump spoils China's planned economy

Unpredictable American president holds the key to many of Beijing's economic targets

KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | China

TOKYO -- For a journalist covering the secretive world of Chinese politics, the annual session of the National People's Congress, China's parliament, is a treasure trove of information.

It is a precious opportunity to see all of China's leaders in one setting. It is not every day that a reporter gets to see the facial expressions of the leaders over an extended period of time and observe how politicians smile at each other, shake hands or ignore one another.

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