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Xi’s Speed Diplomacy on the Sidelines of the Belt and Road Forum

Xi Jinping held a rapid round of meetings with Global South leaders on the sidelines of the Belt and Road Forum

Xi Jinping’s presence at the Belt and Road Forum was dominated by his keynote address during which he announced a raft of new initiatives. However, he also engaged in speedy rounds of bilateral meetings and hosted a banquet on Tuesday night.

During his speech at the banquet, he noted the downturn in global security and economic growth and said that another “golden decade” of his signature Belt and Road Initiative could provide a countertrend.

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