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Xi tells Kissinger bilateral ties are at a 'critical juncture'

Leader meets with former top US diplomat amid backlash over Hong Kong bill

BEIJING -- The U.S. and China should enhance communication and avoid misunderstanding and misjudgment at a very important time in bilateral relations, Chinese President Xi Jinping said in a meeting here Friday with former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.

The comments -- reported by the official Xinhua News Agency the week American lawmakers passed legislation supporting democracy in Hong Kong -- indicate that Xi looks to mend fences and avoid an all-out confrontation with U.S. President Donald Trump's administration.

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