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Xi Jinping’s call to build a “more loving” image of China (and what it may mean for the Asian giant’s international politics)


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Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.

Renew the image of the country and “expand your circle of friends.” These are two of the goals of the president of China for the coming months.

According to the state-run Xinhua News Agency, Xi Jinping told senior Communist Party officials a few days ago that it was important to present an image of a “trustworthy, lovable and respectable.”

These statements mark a possible change in the diplomatic approach of the Asian giant, which according to analysts has become increasingly antagonistic.

The appeal comes in the midst of deterioration of China’s relations with the major world powers.


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