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Rumours swirl after Xi Jinping fails to give key BRICS speech

By Helen Davidson

23 Aug 2023 · 2 min read

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  1. Chinese President Xi Jinping unexpectedly missed a scheduled speech at a key multilateral business forum at the BRICS summit in South Africa on Tuesday. His speech was instead read by his commerce minister, Wang Wentao.

China’s leader, Xi Jinping, unexpectedly skipped a scheduled speech at a key multilateral business forum in South Africa on Tuesday.

Xi arrived in Johannesburg for the Brics summit on Monday evening on what is only his second international trip this year, after visiting Moscow in March. He was met on the airport tarmac by South African president Cyril Ramaphosa.

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