Chinese President Xi Jinping prepares to walk off stage after speaking at the Boao Forum for Asia conference in Boao, Hainan, on April 10. If Xi is able to open up the economy as dramatically as Deng Xiaoping did 40 years ago, he will be close to grasping the cloak of global statesmanship. Photo: Bloomberg
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At Boao, Xi Jinping shows the world a grown-up China amid trade war threats

Richard Harris says instead of engaging Donald Trump in a battle of one-upmanship, the Chinese leader demonstrated statesmanship by promising to further open up China’s economy, in the interests of trade and globalisation

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Chinese President Xi Jinping prepares to walk off stage after speaking at the Boao Forum for Asia conference in Boao, Hainan, on April 10. If Xi is able to open up the economy as dramatically as Deng Xiaoping did 40 years ago, he will be close to grasping the cloak of global statesmanship. Photo: Bloomberg
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