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Trump cozies up to Beijing as Russia ties hit "all-time low"

Apr 13, 2017, 6:43 AM EDT
U.S. President Donald Trump hosts his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.
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U.S. President Donald Trump, who launched a consistently fierce and acrimonious verbal assault on China during his election campaign, took an abrupt shift on Wednesday as he backed away from earlier criticisms of Beijing over a range of major issues.

Trump lauded his “great chemistry” with Chinese President Xi Jinping and retracted from his previous allegations that branded China as a “currency manipulator,” writes The Guardian.

Trump also admitted that it’s not easy for Beijing to rein in a reclusive North Korea, giving a strong indication of his intentions to build bridges with the Asian nation when U.S.-Russia ties have sunk to “an all-time low.”

U.S. president also took a U-turn on N.A.T.O., saying that the body adapting to changing global threats and is no longer obsolete, notes Reuters. Trump’s apparent shift to the conventional foreign policy may have been prompted by his administration’s waning political influence of late.