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Chinese President Xi Jinping drinks after proposing a toast at the end of his speech during the welcome banquet for leaders attending the Belt and Road Forum at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on April 26.   © Reuters
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KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | China

TOKYO -- U.S.-China trade negotiations have entered the homestretch as top negotiators concluded a short round of talks in Beijing this week and will reconvene in Washington from May 8.

Whether the world's two largest economies can agree on a deal "historic" enough for U.S. President Donald Trump to declare a success is unclear.

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