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The fault-lines in the tricky China-United States relationship.

On the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 8, 2017 the U.S. President Donald Trump meet the Chinese President Xi Jinping with the agenda about the North Korea's nuclear weapons program.

China may respond more assertively if, for example, more Chinese entities are sanctioned by the United States over North Korea or Trump raises barriers to Chinese goods as he has frequently threatened, said a senior Beijing-based Western diplomat.

"China has been restrained so far in reacting to Trump, but that is unlikely to last," said the diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity. "Things are gearing up to be a summer of drama between China and the United States."

By Ben Blanchard | BEIJING

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