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David Fickling

The U.S. and China Are Living in Different Universes

After all the talking, there’s still a huge gap in perceptions. That says as much about the countries' leaders as it does about the state of diplomacy.

Miles apart.

Miles apart.

Photographer: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images North America

Have U.S. and Chinese trade negotiators been meeting with each other in recent months, or with bands of convincing impostors?

You almost have to ask the question, because media reports about who “ broke the deal” over the past week seem to have been filed from two different universes.