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U.S. President Donald Trump and China's President Xi Jinping take a walk together after a bilateral meeting at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, on April 7.   © Reuters
China's Party Congress 2017

China's 'great-power diplomacy' will be tested by North Korea

Can Xi present Trump with a bold proposal equivalent of Mao and Deng?

TETSUSHI TAKAHASHI, Head of Nikkei's China Headquarters and KEN MORIYASU, Nikkei Asian Review chief desk editor

BEIJING -- His hold at home secure for another five years, Chinese President Xi Jinping now aims to cement his country's place at the heart of a new international order, dealing on equal terms with what he sees as China's nearest peer in terms of influence: the U.S.

But Xi's diplomatic prowess will be put to the test early next month when U.S. President Donald Trump visits China. The No. 1 item on the agenda will be how to handle North Korea. Trump has urged Beijing to deal with its truculent ally, but has understood that Xi had to first deal with the Communist Party's national congress.

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