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Foreign countries are courting Xi

The Brics stand not only for an economic union but also increasingly as a counterpole to the West.

This winter, the leadership in Beijing woke up from a self-imposed, nearly three-year “zero covid” slumber with incredible speed – and is now trying with all its might to break out of international isolation. The success has been remarkable so far. Dignitaries from all over the world arrive in Beijing’s government district every week: Lula was expected to visit Beijing on Monday. The Brazilian President had to cancel his visit for health reasons but plans to make up for it soon.

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