Xis Russia trip Chinas pivot away from US

Asia News Network
Thursday 21st March, 2013

(hello), Moscow” or really a veiled warning of “watch out, Washington”? Tomorrow, Xi Jinping will begin his first overseas trip as China’s President, visiting first Russia and then Africa. For some, his choice of destination is not striking given that his predecessor, Hu Jintao, also made his first overseas trip to Russia in May 2003, after succeeding Jiang Zemin. But others see deeper meaning in it, given the tension between China and the United States over the latter’s efforts to heighten its influence in the Asia-Pacific. His pick of Russia as his first stop has thus sparked talk that B…

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