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Xi takes Davos spotlight as unlikely champion of trade-based global order

Chinese president's speech on Tuesday will be a "blueprint for the future progress of human society", says top diplomat

Business leaders in Davos, fatigued by populist headwinds across Europe and the US, will be eager for Mr Xi's (above) reassurances about keeping the capitalist lines humming.

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WHEN Xi Jinping addresses business elites at Davos, the Chinese president will find himself an unlikely champion of the trade-based global order Donald Trump has derided. His new role could prove to be one of his biggest tests.

On Tuesday, Mr Xi will become the first...

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