Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai (left) and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands before the opening ceremony of the fourth Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) summit in Shanghai. Photo: Reuters

Beijing moves to boost forum's role to counter US influence

President's call at Shanghai conference shows Beijing placing new emphasis on regional ties to counter US influence, analysts say

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Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai (left) and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands before the opening ceremony of the fourth Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) summit in Shanghai. Photo: Reuters
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