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Trump's 'America first' policy may turn into 'China first'

US president's protectionist stance and climate change pronouncement are giving China a gigantic opportunity to move across Asia into a leadership role.

Mr Xi said in Davos that "we must promote trade and investment, liberalisation and facilitation through opening up". In contrast, Mr Trump stated in his inauguration speech that "protection will lead to great prosperity and strength".

PRESIDENT Donald Trump's relationships with Russia and his sympathies, real and alleged, with President Vladimir Putin have attracted much attention. Another plausible candidate for a "friend of Trump" accolade is President Xi Jinping of China. Many of Mr Trump's actions since his inauguration

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