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Xi portrays China as global leader as Trump era looms

GENEVA:┬áChina will build a "new model" of relations with the United States, President Xi Jinping said on Wednesday in a speech that portrayed China as the leader of a globalised world where only international cooperation could solve the big problems. Two days before the inauguration of Donald Trump who has promised to be a US president putting "America first", Xi urged countries to resist isolationism. "Trade protectionism and self-isolation will benefit no one," Xi told an invited audience at the United Nations in…