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Chinese analysts hailed the positive energy of the first meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and his US counterpart Donald Trump. But can the ‘friendship’ forged between the two transform the most important bilateral relationship in the world?

Chinese analysts are optimistic following the first meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump

China has tools and options to defend itself not only from a trade attack by the US if it flares up, but also from the retreat of economic globalization. China’s own openness is helpful in preventing the former, and crucial in making a difference in averting the latter by winning over more partners

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The two countries should respect each other’s core interests and major concerns

Outdated relationships are legacy of Cold War thinking

As representatives gathered for China’s annual Chinese People’s Political Constultative Conference and the National People’s Congress, dubbed the ‘Two Sessions,’ analysts looked for signs of the country’s future direction amid difficult economic times and a tumultuous international environment.