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China Seeks to Boost Shanghai Bloc to Counter the West

China's President Xi Jinping, accompanied by Foreign Minister Wang Yi, attends the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) member states leaders' summit in Astana on July 4, 2024. Sergei SAVOSTYANOV / POOL / AFP

By Matthew Walsh

China is seeking to strengthen its leadership of an expanding bloc of nations it sees as a potential counterweight to the world order led by the United States.

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