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Chinese President Xi Jinping shakes hands with U.S. President Donald Trump at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in West Palm Beach, Florida on April 6.   © Reuters

Xi Jinping's empty North Korea promise pays off

100-day plan with Trump bought time to fight political battles at home

KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | China

TOKYO -- As the world reeled at the news of a North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile launch on July 4 -- an Independence Day "gift" for the U.S. -- Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, sat down for talks in Moscow.

The joint statement they released later that day could not have come at a more awkward time for U.S. President Donald Trump. 

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