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#30 China’s Xi takes lower profile as criticism mounts over trade war

Chinese President Xi Jinping is beset by economic, foreign policy and domestic political challenges just months after clearing his way to rule for as long as he wants as China's most dominant leader since Mao Zedong.

The ruling Communist Party leader used to dominate state-run newspapers' front pages and the state broadcaster CCTV's news bulletins on a daily basis but has in recent weeks made fewer public appearances.

Of greatest concern to many is the trade war with the US that threatens higher tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars of Chinese exports. 

Critics say they've yet to see a coherent strategy from Beijing that could guide negotiations with Washington and avoid a major blow to the economy. Beijing instead seems to be opting for defiance and retaliatory measures of its own.

Chinese President Xi Jinping is best by a wave of economic, foreign policy and domestic political challenges just months after clearing his way to rule as long as he wants (file photo)

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