The personal touch

“Judging from the sheer volume of international heads of state wanting to have a one-on-one with Xi Jinping, I think it’s safe to say that the trip has been successful on Xi’s part”


Sung Wen-ti, a political scientist at Australia National University, on Xi’s meetings at summits this month with counterparts from the US, Australia, France, Holland, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines. Sung told CNN that Xi’s meeting with Joe Biden also sent a message to his domestic audience that the “era of ‘G2’ has arrived”.

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