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Trump plays down expectations ahead of Singapore meeting

United States President Donald Trump is holding his cards close to his chest even as he praises his friend, China's President Xi Jinping, for being a "world-class poker player".

Mr Xi has met North Korean leader Kim Jong Un twice in recent weeks and may be playing a behind-the-scenes role in the upcoming summit in Singapore between Mr Trump and Mr Kim.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 24, 2018, with the headline 'Trump plays down expectations ahead of Singapore meeting'. Print Edition | Subscribe