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Xi Jinping’s G20 snub sparks concern of retreat from international diplomacy

By Joe Leahy

12 Sep 2023 · 4 min read

From the moment Li Qiang arrived at the G20 summit over the weekend on an unassuming chartered flight, it was clear the Chinese premier had one mission in New Delhi: not to upstage his boss Xi Jinping.

China’s number-two official, whose participation was announced at the last minute after Xi skipped the summit without explanation, did not travel on one of the usual “special planes” reserved for him and the Chinese president.

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