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Xi Jinping Wraps Another Weekend of Rapid-Fire Diplomacy With Leaders From Asia and the Middle East

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (top left), Kuwait's Crown Prince Mishal al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah (top right), Timor Leste President Xanana Gusmao (bottom left) and Nepal Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal all met with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the Asian Games in Hangzhou. Images via Xinhua.

President Xi Jinping concluded a three-day sprint of back-to-back summits this weekend with leaders from Asia and the Middle East in what’s become the new norm for Chinese presidential diplomacy.

Before the pandemic, Xi was China’s most well-traveled leader in the Communist Era, regularly flying off to overseas summits and conferences — but that’s no longer the case today.

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