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Xi Takes Center Stage to Defend China's Trade From Trump Barrage

  • Chinese president set to address investors at economic forum
  • Must push back against U.S. while pledging economic opening
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Bloomberg’s Stephen Engle previews President Xi Jinping’s speech he will give at the Boao Forum for Asia in Hainan. (Source: Bloomberg)
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President Donald Trump’s barrage of tariff threats have left China’s Xi Jinping with a tricky balance to strike. He’s got to show he’s ready to retaliate against U.S. trade threats while demonstrating China’s commitment to opening up.

The Chinese president’s first chance to hit back in person comes in a speech Tuesday at the Boao Forum for Asia -- China’s answer to Davos -- on the tropical island of Hainan.