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China seeks to keep Trump-Kim show on the road

Beijing gains from dragging out talks, with US bogged down and North Korea stable

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It is in China's interest to keep the U.S.-North Korea summit alive and endorse Kim Jong-un's position for phased denuclearization.   © Reuters

President Donald Trump's sudden cancellation of his planned meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and his subsequent hints that he might, after all, change his mind again must rank among the most bizarre events in diplomatic history. But for China, the antics of Trump and Kim are no laughing matter. The stakes are simply too high for President Xi Jinping to sit by and watch this diplomatic farce turn into a geopolitical tragedy.

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