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Xi and Kim meet again before planned U.S.-North Korea summit

Chinese President Xi Jinping met with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in northern China close to the North Korean border, reports the AP, citing Chinese media. And Xi will speak with President Trump on the phone this morning, per a presidential tweet.

The backdrop: Trump's East Asian priorities are clashing as he tries to take a hard line against China on trade — but is counting on Beijing to keep up its economic pressure on North Korea.