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China Sends Tough Love Message to Argentina’s President-Elect

Argentine presidential candidate for the La Libertad Avanza alliance Javier Milei speaks to supporters after winning the presidential election runoff at his party headquarters in Buenos Aires on November 19, 2023. Luis ROBAYO / AFP

The Chinese government is putting on a brave face in response to the election of Argentina’s far-right president-elect Javier Milei who regularly denounced Beijing in the campaign and even compared China to a “murderer.

President Xi Jinping sent the usual congratulatory letter to Milei, and the Communist Party’s normally sharp-tongued tabloid Global Times also tried its best to downplay the perception of any rift between the two countries.

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