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Chinese Commerce Minister Zhong Shan, left, President Xi Jinping and Vice Premier Liu He will need to tread carefully at Beidaihe, where Xi's handling of U.S. relations will likely be a big topic of discussion. (Nikkei Montage/Getty Images/Reuters)
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Xi bolsters trade team to counter Washington and party elders

Annual gathering of party luminaries nears, with little progress in Sino-American talks

KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | China

TOKYO -- Supported by two aides, 92-year-old former President Jiang Zemin walked slowly down the aisle toward the bereaved family of Li Peng to convey his condolences.

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