Chinese President Xi Jinping emerged from nearly two years of relative diplomatic isolation on Friday for a flurry of one-on-one meetings with some of the 30 heads of state in town for the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Beijing.
President Xi, who hasn’t left China since the pandemic began in January 2020 and hasn’t received any heads of state during that time, engaged in a series of fast-paced bilateral meetings with visiting leaders mostly from strategically-located Belt and Road countries in Central Asia, Asia, South America, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East.
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