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Xi Meets With Indonesia’s Jokowi in Summer Diplomacy Sprint

Indonesian President Joko Widodo and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping pose together with their wives following meetings in the southwestern Chinese province of Sichuan. Image via Xinhua.

Chinese President Xi Jinping took advantage of the World University Games now underway in the southwestern province of Sichuan to meet with visiting Asian and African leaders, most notably Indonesia’s Joko Widodo — also known as Jokowi.

The Indonesian president’s two-day visit to Chengdu came at a critical time for Beijing amid increasingly strained ties with its regional neighbors in Southeast Asia over territorial disputes in the South China Sea and the growing U.S. military presence in Asia-Pacific more broadly.

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