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[$$] China caught off guard by unpredictable Trump

Tom Mitchell in Beijing

When Donald Trump escalated trade tension with China this month, President Xi Jinping cited a Chinese saying in vowing to defend global trade rules. “China and the US are like an old married couple, we fight a lot but we still need each other,” Lou Jiwei, a former finance minister, said in a closed-door exchange with an international delegation in late March, according to two people briefed on the meeting.