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Why Developing Countries Should Be Worried About Xi’s Congress Speech

China's President Xi Jinping speaks during the opening session of the 20th Chinese Communist Party's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on October 16, 2022. Noel CELIS / AFP

Watching Xi Jinping’s big speech at the 20th Party Congress, I kept wondering if anyone at the foreign ministries in Kenya, Chile, or Morocco was also watching the live feed.

My guess is probably not very many. I get it, listening to this guy isn’t exactly a fun way to spend two hours on a Sunday. But nonetheless, his speech was very important, not as much for what he said but more for what he didn’t say.

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