As Trump hosts Xi, U.S. is new wild card on trade

Washington • For years, at leadership summits and global conferences, the United States pushed a reluctant China to open its markets and embrace free trade. Now, as President Donald Trump prepares to host his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, at Mar-a-Lago in Florida, a reversal of sorts has emerged: It’s the U.S. leader who is seen as an unpredictable wild card and a skeptic of free-trade deals — and it’s China that is casting itself as a champion of rules-based global trade. At the heart of the...

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