US President Donald Trump, left, shakes hands with President Xi Jinping during a meeting on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in Osaka, Japan, on June 29, 2019. Both leaders have built their reputations on the back of stirring nationalist sentiment, making them seemingly natural allies despite outward hostilities. Photo: AP US President Donald Trump, left, shakes hands with President Xi Jinping during a meeting on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in Osaka, Japan, on June 29, 2019. Both leaders have built their reputations on the back of stirring nationalist sentiment, making them seemingly natural allies despite outward hostilities. Photo: AP
US President Donald Trump, left, shakes hands with President Xi Jinping during a meeting on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in Osaka, Japan, on June 29, 2019. Both leaders have built their reputations on the back of stirring nationalist sentiment, making them seemingly natural allies despite outward hostilities. Photo: AP
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Letters | Why Trump and China’s Xi are natural allies

  • Both Xi and Trump have the same problem – feeling that the world is out to get them – and both also believe themselves to be the right person to fix this. So, working together while maintaining the facade of being enemies might serve both their interests

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US President Donald Trump, left, shakes hands with President Xi Jinping during a meeting on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in Osaka, Japan, on June 29, 2019. Both leaders have built their reputations on the back of stirring nationalist sentiment, making them seemingly natural allies despite outward hostilities. Photo: AP US President Donald Trump, left, shakes hands with President Xi Jinping during a meeting on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in Osaka, Japan, on June 29, 2019. Both leaders have built their reputations on the back of stirring nationalist sentiment, making them seemingly natural allies despite outward hostilities. Photo: AP
US President Donald Trump, left, shakes hands with President Xi Jinping during a meeting on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in Osaka, Japan, on June 29, 2019. Both leaders have built their reputations on the back of stirring nationalist sentiment, making them seemingly natural allies despite outward hostilities. Photo: AP
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