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'America first' vs. 'We are the world': US and China at Davos

Trump boasts of 'new model' while Beijing official plays up international role

U.S. President Donald Trump, left. and Chinese Vice Premier Han Zheng offered different views of the world at Davos. (Photos courtesy of the World Economic Forum)

DAVOS, Switzerland -- U.S. President Donald Trump essentially delivered an election-year stump speech on foreign soil Tuesday, touting his domestic accomplishments in a 30-minute address on the opening day of this year's World Economic Forum.

A few hours later, in a slightly shorter speech on the same podium, Chinese Vice Premier Han Zheng focused on his own country's role as a good global citizen. Without directly painting the U.S. as the villain, Han emphasized the various ways China has become a flag-bearer of globalism based on openness and multilateralism. Beijing usually presents itself to an international audience in this manner -- a portrayal that is then widely disseminated back home via controlled media.

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