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Xi Seeks to Contrast China’s Approach in Asia Against the U.S.

China's President Xi Jinping looks on during the handover ceremony at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Bangkok on November 19, 2022. Jack TAYLOR / AFP

Chinese President Xi Jinping wrapped up a week-long diplomatic sprint in Southeast Asia this weekend with the conclusion of the APEC summit in Bangkok. Prior to his return to China on Saturday, President Xi restated his ambition to “foster an open, fair and non-discriminatory trade and investment environment” in Asia.

While that sounds benign, the President’s remarks were pointed criticism of the United States and a rebuttal to Washington’s new Indo-Pacific Economic Framework that Beijing dismisses as an “economic clique.”

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