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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, is emerging as a key player in the battle for hegemony between the U.S. and China. (Nikkei montage/KCNA/Reuters)
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Xi's Trump card: Tying US trade talks to Kim summit

Beijing plays North Korea ace to gain leverage over Washington

KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | China

TOKYO -- At the end of this month, two high-profile diplomatic meetings will probably be held at picturesque resorts on the shores of the South China Sea: the U.S.-North Korea and the U.S.-China presidential summits.

Three major issues will be discussed, all closely related -- North Korea's denuclearization, a formal end to the 1950-1953 Korean War, and the U.S.-China trade war.

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