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Xi Champions Developing Country Causes in G20 Speech

Chinese President Xi Jinping delivered a speech on the opening day of the G20 leaders' summit in Bali, Indonesia on November 15, 2022. Image via Xinhua.

Chinese President Xi Jinping used his opening day address at the G20 summit in Bali, Indonesia, to reassert Beijing’s self-appointed role as the world’s preeminent developing country. President Xi dedicated the bulk of his speech on Tuesday to a wide range of critical issues confronting countries in the Global South: everything from food scarcity to energy to debt.

For the most part, the President resisted throwing darts at China’s critics, although he did make a veiled reference to the U.S. when he said, “no one should engage in beggar-thy-neighbor practices, creating closed and exclusive clubs.”

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