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Premier Li Keqiang’s just-completed trip to India has revealed a new thinking in Chinese diplomacy regarding its neighbors.
The six-month-old administration of President Xi Jinping, who also heads the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) Leading Group on Foreign Affairs, has decided to go soft on India and ASEAN while upping the ante in its confrontation with Japan.
Beijing has decades-old territorial disputes with India, Japan as well as ASEAN members such as Vietnam, the Philippines and Malaysia.
Despite President and commander-in-chief oft-repeated calls on the People’s Liberation Army to “get ready to fight and to win wars,” Xi’s advisers have decided that Beijing cannot afford a conflict on several fronts.
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