Good morning, winter is finally here in D.C. Situational awareness: A Chinese envoy is in town working to defuse tensions over North Korea and trade but will likely return to Beijing unsatisfied. The Chinese government is about to convene its annual economic conclave to set the agenda for 2018. Don't expect any surprises.

Event: Join Axios' Mike Allen for breakfast in D.C. on Monday morning when Axios "Harder Line" energy columnist Amy Harder leads a conversation about energy under President Trump. Check out the lineup and RSVP here.

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