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China’s Frenetic Diplomatic Push at the G20 Foreign Ministers Meeting in Bali

The Chinese Foreign Minister met with counterparts from Australia (top left), Saudi Arabia (top right,) and India (bottom) during the G20 Foreign Ministers meeting in Bali late last week and over the weekend.

Coverage of the G20 Foreign Ministers’ meeting in Bali was dominated by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s high-profile exit from the meeting and the first encounter since October between U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. But the event also saw a flurry of Chinese diplomatic activity that went largely unnoticed.

In all, Wang met with foreign ministers from 14 countries during his three-day visit to Indonesia, including those from several European countries whose ties with Beijing have become increasingly strained in recent months over China’s stance on the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

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