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China Revealed Diplomatic Double Standard in Dealings With Some International Leaders

China's President Xi Jinping arrives for the G20 leaders' summit in Nusa Dua, on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on November 15, 2022. Mast IRHAM / POOL / AFP

Xi Jinping did not disappoint China-watchers when he re-emerged on the international stage. After remaining in China during the pandemic, the last few weeks saw him greeting visiting leaders in Beijing and attending summits in Southeast Asia.

He was a commanding presence at every event, effectively owning the room and apparently compelling other leaders to compromise long-established diplomatic protocols to accommodate the Chinese leader.

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