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Xi pushes back agenda-setting meeting as economy fades

2022 growth plan, a key to the president's extended rule, fails to take shape

KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | China

TOKYO -- December has been a bad month for the Chinese economy. Much of Beijing's game plan has not played out well.

The miscalculations perhaps began on the very first day of the month, when President Xi Jinping faced off with his U.S. counterpart, Donald Trump, in Buenos Aires.

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