Xi Jinping pictured with other regional leaders at the SCO summit in Samarkand. Photo: AFP
Xi Jinping pictured with other regional leaders at the SCO summit in Samarkand. Photo: AFP
Diplomacy

Chinese President Xi Jinping seeks to open doors in Central Asia as Ukraine war leaves Russia diminished

  • The Chinese leader’s first trip abroad in more than 2 years saw him visiting Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, where he signed a series of deals with local leaders
  • Although Xi also met Vladimir Putin, analysts say the Ukraine war has inevitably weakened Russia’s influence, leaving a vacuum for Beijing to fill

Xi Jinping pictured with other regional leaders at the SCO summit in Samarkand. Photo: AFP
Xi Jinping pictured with other regional leaders at the SCO summit in Samarkand. Photo: AFP
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