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US-China honeymoon clearly over as dialogue runs aground

Increased pressure to act against Pyongyang doomed progress on trade

WASHINGTON -- Despite recent shows of cooperation, Washington and Beijing seem to once again be drifting apart after failing to achieve much of substance on trade or North Korea at a bilateral meeting here Wednesday.

Not long after the so-called Comprehensive Economic Dialogue began, the U.S. Treasury Department called off a news conference planned for that day. The dearth of room for compromise was apparently clear from the start.

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