Staff, 2022-12-05 23:16:13,
China’s President Xi Jinping attends a session during the G20 Summit on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on November 16, 2022.
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BEIJING — A month after consolidating power at home, Chinese President Xi Jinping has stepped out onto the world stage to strengthen relations with the U.S. and other countries.
In all, Xi has met with more than 25 heads of state — including U.S. President Joe Biden — since Oct. 31, according to a CNBC count of releases on the Chinese Foreign Ministry’s English-language website. Earlier in October, Xi oversaw a leadership reshuffle of the ruling Chinese Communist Party that packed top positions with his loyalists and paved the way for him to gain an unprecedented third term as president.
Most recently, Xi hosted President of the European Council Charles Michel in Beijing on Thursday. That followed German Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s visit in early November, the first Western leader to do so since the pandemic.
“This year we see [Xi] coming out ever since his [September] SCO trip, coming out more and engaging more with the international community,” said Michael Cunningham, research fellow, China, at The Heritage Foundation’s Asian Studies Center. “That will be a challenge for the U.S.”
Cunningham said U.S. efforts to build overseas coalitions have been helped by Xi’s absence from the international stage for much of the last three years.
The meetings come after the Russia-Ukraine war and Covid restrictions on…
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