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China’s Leaders Face Crises on Two Fronts at Secretive Retreat

  • Trump’s tariff jolt comes as party meets for seaside conclave
  • President Xi already coping with slowing economy, protests
A security official stands guard outside a compound which is closed to the public in Beidaihe.
A security official stands guard outside a compound which is closed to the public in Beidaihe.Photographer: Simon Song/South China Morning Post via Getty Images
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The Chinese Communist Party’s secretive summer getaway on the Yellow Sea is set to be anything but relaxing this year.

Top leaders are hunkering down for an annual two-week gathering in the resort area of Beidaihe, roughly 200 kilometers (124 miles) from Beijing, as risks grow both at home and abroad. Attendees got a fresh jolt early Friday, when U.S. President Donald Trump abruptly ended his month-old tariff truce with Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping via Twitter.