China's Xi beset by economic, political challenges

FILE - In this June 8, 2018, file photo, Chinese President Xi Jinping attends a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Just mont

FILE - In this June 8, 2018, file photo, Chinese President Xi Jinping attends a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Just mont

FILE - In this June 21, 2018, file photo, China's President Xi Jinping waits for the arrival of Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill prior to

FILE - In this June 21, 2018, file photo, China's President Xi Jinping waits for the arrival of Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill prior to

BEIJING (AP) — As China's leaders gather for their annual Yellow Sea retreat, the country's political waters are looking choppy.

Chinese President and ruling Communist Party leader Xi Jinping is beset by economic, foreign policy and domestic political challenges just months after clearing his way to rule for as long as he wants.

Mounting criticism of his administration's policies has exposed the risks of amassing so much power: He's made himself a natural target for blame.

Of greatest concern to many is the trade war with the U.S. that threatens higher tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars of Chinese exports. Critics say they've yet to see a coherent strategy from Beijing, which instead seems to be opting for defiance and retaliatory measures of its own.