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Trump-Xi Dinner Offers Chance to Avert Deeper U.S.-China Rift

  • Two sides far apart on trade issues and even hopes for meeting
  • Trump projects confidence in deal as he ratchets up threats
Donald Trump and Xi Jinping in Beijing in 2017.

Donald Trump and Xi Jinping in Beijing in 2017.

Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg
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A year ago, Xi Jinping thought he had Donald Trump all figured out.

The Chinese president had just hosted his American counterpart in Beijing for a summit rich in fanfare. Despite some tensions during the visit, Xi appeared to have steered Trump away from unleashing a withering trade war between the world’s two largest economies.