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Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a toast at a state dinner at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Nov. 9.   © Reuters

Xi exhibits 'great-power' confidence in meeting with Trump

Chinese leader deftly shaping bilateral relationship in Beijing's favor

TETSUSHI TAKAHASHI, Head of Nikkei's China Headquarters | China

BEIJING -- With U.S. President Donald Trump's visit here this week, Chinese President Xi Jinping demonstrated growing confidence in his country dealing with the U.S. as a peer, using flattery and strategic cooperation to smooth over trouble spots like trade.

"There can be no more important subject than" China-U.S. relations, Trump declared at the outset of Thursday's summit. It would not be an exaggeration to say that Xi invited Trump to Beijing to elicit those words.

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