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China's first lady, Peng Liyuan, left, applauds as President Xi Jinping shakes hands with U.S. President Donald Trump at the start of a summit at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, on April 6.   © Reuters
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KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | China

PALM BEACH, U.S. -- The primary goal of Chinese President Xi Jinping in the first face-to-face meeting with his U.S. counterpart, Donald Trump, was to seek a new beginning for his "major powers" initiative. But he got off to a rather rocky start; the summit was overshadowed by a series of unexpected events.

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