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Chinese President Xi Jinping won some handsome political dividends from his virtual summit with U.S. President Joe Biden. (Nikkei montage/AP)
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Analysis: Xi shrewdly used Biden summit to pave way for long reign

Timing of virtual meeting followed Beijing's scenario

KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | China

Katsuji Nakazawa is a Tokyo-based senior staff writer and editorial writer at Nikkei. He spent seven years in China as a correspondent and later as China bureau chief. He was the 2014 recipient of the Vaughn-Ueda International Journalist prize.

From a purely Chinese perspective, the virtual summit between U.S. President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping could not have gone better in terms of timing. It took place Nov. 16 in Asia, Nov. 15 in Washington.

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