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Syria takes shine off Trump-Xi summit

The mood was brighter than many were expecting, but the outcome underwhelmed

| China

Chinese and American leaders have held many summits since U.S. President Richard Nixon landed in Beijing in February 1972. Most of these summits produced results that improved or stabilized bilateral relations.

The just-concluded talks between Chinese President Xi Jinping and his U.S. counterpart, Donald Trump, was a decidedly mixed affair despite the high stakes involved. On the positive side, both did their best to appear friendly. But the meeting produced no specific agreements on a host of contentious issues between the two countries.

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