As Biden returns to table with Xi, US views darken on Chinese leader

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Nusa Dua (Indonesia) (AFP) – Sitting next to Xi Jinping during one of their marathon sessions in 2011, Joe Biden saluted the direction of US-China ties. “The trajectory of the relationship is nothing but positive,” Biden told businesspeople who came to see the two vice presidents at a Beijing hotel, voicing “great optimism about the next 30 years”. As the two leaders, now presidents, prepare to meet again little more than a decade into that timeframe, the trajectory of relations is anything but positive — and virtually no US policymaker is optimistic about Xi, China’s most powerful leader in …

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