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Xi Jinping's new smiles got China off the hook at climate talks

Beijing's bandwidth to deliver is shrinking as its economic performance wanes

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Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives for the G-20 Summit in Bali on Nov. 15: The reality is quite underwhelming.   © Reuters

Alicia Garcia-Herrero is chief economist for Asia-Pacific at investment bank Natixis in Hong Kong and a senior research fellow at policy research think tank Bruegel in Brussels.

In Xi Jinping's official encounters with Western leaders at the Group of 20 Summit last week in Bali, the Chinese leader was accommodating, even collaborative.

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