President Xi on the road promotes China as global power second only to U.S.

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By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com

Newly confirmed Chinese President Xi Jinping has demonstrated the flair if not also the substance of a strongman during his maiden overseas trip as head of state.

Russia's Vladimir Putin, right, introduces Xi Jinping during their meeting in the Grand Kremlin Palace in Moscow on March 22.   /Sergei Karpukhin photo
Russia’s Vladimir Putin, right, introduces Xi Jinping during their meeting in the Grand Kremlin Palace in Moscow on March 22. /Sergei Karpukhin photo

Unlike his predecessor, ex-president Hu Jintao – who often appeared stiff and wooden while on foreign trips – Xi seemed to be at ease taking the role of a world leader while touring Russia, Tanzania, South Africa and the Republic of Congo.

Even though agreements that he inked with Moscow and the African states had been reached well in advance of his departure, the 59-year-old Xi, who is also Communist Party boss and commander-in-chief, gave observers the impression of a decisive honcho.

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