On the sidelines of the 20th Party Congress in Beijing on Thursday, the focus was on China’s foreign policy. While the title of the event in Beijing may be a bit unwieldy (“Under the leadership of Xi Jinping’s ideas on diplomacy, move forward and strive to break new ground for Chinese-style great power diplomacy”), the message was clear: China will continue its increasingly aggressive foreign policy under President Xi Jinping. Or to put it in the words of Vice Foreign Minister Ma Zhaoxu: To dare to fight is the spiritual character of Chinese diplomacy.
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