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Commentary: Intensive foreign visits by leaders manifest China's all-dimensional diplomacy


13:11, May 31, 2013

BEIJING, May 31 (Xinhua) -- As Chinese President Xi Jinping embarks on a tour to three Latin American countries before a "no-tie" meeting with U.S. counterpart Barack Obama in California, it has become more evident the new Chinese leadership is promoting all-dimensional diplomacy in a new era.

It is the second trip overseas by the Chinese head of state. He visited Russia, Tanzania, South Africa and the Republic of the Congo only days after assuming office in March, making clear Beijing's intention to seek better ties with these countries.

Earlier this month, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang also delivered the same message in person to neighbors and far-away partners during a packed nine-day tour to India, Pakistan, Switzerland and Germany.

In less than three months since taking office, China's new leaders will have left footprints on five out of the seven continents, and such intensity in top-level diplomacy and its vast geographic span are rare, even for the most active global players nowadays.

The arrangements are potent proof that China, now the world's second largest economy, is willing to strengthen cooperation with old-time pals and forge deeper bonds with new partners.

For many in China, Xi's visit this time puts Trinidad and Tobago on their radar for the first time and the trip is also expected to increase their knowledge of the Caribbean region at large.

Besides meetings and discussions with leaders of his three host countries and the signing of cooperation deals, bilateral meetings with leaders of other countries in the region are also high on Xi's agenda.

The broad involvement, as many political observers have pointed out, will increase mutual trust between China and the Caribbean nations and produce profound impact on China-Caribbean relations in the long run.

China and Latin American countries, both capturing increasing global attention with vibrant growth figures while most of the developed world is teetering on the edge of recession, are natural partners, given their status as developing countries and their common aspiration to revamp the outdated global economic order.

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