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Year in review: Top China stories of 2017
With historic significance, the two meetings between Chinese President Xi JInping and the US President Donald Trump this year captured worldwide attention, with many wondering how the world’s two largest countries would deal with several of the most controversial issues facing the world today. 
 
China also made headlines this year by holding the Belt and Road Forum and the twice-a-decade Party Congress which re-elected Xi Jinping as the leader of China for the next five years.
 
Domestically, one of the biggest moves was the establishment of the Xiongan New Area which has been given the mission to shoulder some of the non-essential functions of the capital city. As part of the efforts to release Beijing’s pressure, the city’s government also stepped up efforts to take down small and irregular businesses in some of the densely populated streets. 
 
Meanwhile, what might cast a shadow over the rapidly developing Chinese economy are two of the most debated social issues in 2017 - both could be a test for a country with an ambition to become a “great modern socialist country” by the middle of the century. 
 
In a piece of good news, China’s box office broke record of its movie history by making a homegrown patriotic action movie, re-gaining confidence after a disappointing 2016. 
 
Here is the Sino-US.com’s pick of top 10 China news items of 2017:
 
1. Xi, Trump meeting
 
 
U.S. President Donald Trump and China's President Xi Jinping are seen during a walk along the front patio of the Mar-a-Lago estate after a bilateral meeting in Palm Beach, Florida, U.S., April 7, 2017. Photo: Reuters
 
The US President Donald Trump hosted Chinese President Xi Jinping at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida on April 6, the first face-to-face meeting between the leaders of the two countries after several talks on the phone. 
 
While developing personal friendship, the two leaders along with their top officials held talks concerning bilateral relations, with trade and North Korea high on the list.
 
At the invitation of President Xi during his two-day trip to the US, President Trump paid a state visit to Beijing on November 8, his first visit to the country after taking office. 
 
In response to President Trump’s warm welcome in April, China prepared a “state visit-plus” agenda for Trump’s two-day stay in Beijing, which included a dinner at the Forbidden City, making him the first foreign leader to dine there since the founding of modern China. 
 
The third station of his two-week long Asia trip following Japan and South Korea, Trump’s first visit to China has been seen as “very historic and significant” despite heightened threat from North Korea’s nuclear program and a long-running trade conflict. 
 
While consenting to bear big responsibilities as major countries in the world, the two sides still have divergence when it comes to specific approaches to tricky issues like how to make Kim Jong-un abandon his nuclear program which is regarded as a global threat. 
 
As part of the achievements of the meeting, the two sides signed 34 deals worth $253.5 billion which involves energy, chemical industry, environmental protection, culture, medicine, infrastructure, smart city development, and business projects linked to B&R initiative, hitting a record high in the global history of bilateral economic and trade cooperation. 
 
 

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