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Trump must not be influenced by Xi's lavish welcome

Abe should help US president stand firm over North Korea but minimize war risks

Singing from China's hymn sheet? U.S. President Donald Trump with China's President Xi Jinping in Beijing on Nov. 9.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Chinese President Xi Jinping played a diplomatic game for U.S. President Donald Trump's latest visit to China in an apparent bid to win a deal over North Korea.

Xi sought to avert strong calls from Trump for China to get tough on North Korea by laying on lavish "state-visit-plus" red-carpet treatment for the U.S. leader.

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