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China’s Southeast Asian Diplomatic Blitz

Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (left) and Malaysian Prime Mininster Anwar Ibrahim (right) while top diplomat Wang Yi hosted former Philippine president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in Beijing this week. Images via Xinhua.

This is a busy time for diplomacy between China and its Southeast Asian neighbors. Senior Chinese officials are holding numerous meetings with their counterparts in the region.

Following the recently-concluded visits from Malaysia’s Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim and Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, this week also saw calls and meetings with senior envoys from economic powerhouses in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), reportedly covering both economic and regional security issues.

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