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Xi distances himself from Kim Jong Un to focus on Trump

Chinese leader's top priority is trade deal with Washington

KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | China

TOKYO -- If the Hanoi summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had gone according to plan, Chinese President Xi Jinping was supposed to welcome Kim to Beijing straight afterwards, sometime around the afternoon of March 4.

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