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U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and China's President Xi Jinping in Palm Beach, Florida, in April   © Reuters

Donald Trump in the Forbidden City

US president will struggle to find common ground with Xi Jinping

| China

American President Donald Trump's first summit with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, in April this year in Florida produced a lot of warm and fuzzy rhetoric but no big win for the former real estate magnate. The best thing one could say about the encounter at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort is that it allayed, at least temporarily, the fear that the new president elected on a protectionist agenda would carry out his threat of imposing punitive tariffs on Chinese imports and destroy the economic foundations of the world's most important bilateral relationship.

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