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When Xi Jinping addresses business elites at Davos, the Chinese president will find himself an unlikely champion of the trade-based global order Donald Trump has derided. His new role could prove to be one of his biggest tests.

On Tuesday, Xi will become the first Chinese head of state to address the World Economic Forum, a speech a top diplomat said would give a “blueprint for the future progress of human society.” His remarks in the Swiss ski town come days before Trump’s inauguration as U.S. president, after an election that called into question America’s commitment to free trade and threw the business world into a bout of soul-searching.

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