It’s Trump vs. Xi in the China trade war — and it’s personal

(CNN)Neither Donald Trump nor Xi Jinping can afford to blink. Both see the honor of their nation at stake at a crucial moment in the history of US-China relations, as the emerging competition between two great powers becomes sharper than ever. While Trump has said the two sides were on the verge of a deal last week before China backed out, the gulf in intention between the two giant economies will complicate future talks. Trump — lambasting Chinese intellectual property theft and support for state industries — believes he has to change the global trading system itself because it is a massive ripoff for the United States. And Trump thinks the strength of the US economy gives him an edge …