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Chinese leader Xi sends message of confidence to U.S. in address at World Economic Forum 

All national dailies reported on an address by Chinese leader Xi Jinping at an online meeting of the World Economic Forum on Monday, during which he expressed confidence that China’s economic development will contribute to the world economy. Saying that Xi criticized moves in the international community to create small circles to reject others and the U.S. decoupling from China, Nikkei wrote that the Chinese leader sent a message to the Biden administration in response to its plans to employ diplomacy focusing on alliance relations. Xi also stated that China will strengthen international cooperation in developing, producing, and distributing COVID-19 vaccines. Noting that Beijing is trying to bring African and Southeast Asian nations over to its side by providing them with vaccines at a low price, the paper speculated that China is trying to preempt the United States by leading the international community in the fight against COVID-19 and global economy recovery. Asahi quoted Xi as saying: “To build small circles or start a new Cold War, to reject, threaten or intimidate others, to willfully impose decoupling, supply disruption or sanctions, and to create isolation or estrangement will only push the world into division and even confrontation.”  

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