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Chinese President Xi Jinping attends a gathering of the People's Liberation Army in Beijing on Aug. 19. Xi's relationship with the military is one of the leader's sources of power.   © Kyodo
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Xi cools his jets as China's political battle extends to autumn

Tea leaves from Beidaihe gathering say key issues to develop over next few months

KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | China

TOKYO -- The unofficial yet highly significant annual summer gathering of past and present Chinese leaders at the beach resort of Beidaihe in Hebei Province has concluded.

While details of the closed-door discussions will not begin trickling out for months, there is much speculation that the conclave was grueling for President Xi Jinping. The trade war with the U.S., the slowdown of the economy and the weakening stock market has left him with much explaining to do.

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