Former Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke speaks at the Seventh Xiangshan Forum in Beijing in October, 2016. Photo: Imaginechina

Beijing cancels its Shangri-La Dialogue rival, the Xiangshan Forum, to soothe neighbours

Major leadership reshuffles this year, clashes with other events, and a desire to allay fears of Asian neighbours cited as reasons

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Former Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke speaks at the Seventh Xiangshan Forum in Beijing in October, 2016. Photo: Imaginechina
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