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For Chinese diplomats, loyalty to Xi trumps all

Foreign minister almost skipped G-20 gathering for 'party discipline' workshop

OKI NAGAI, Nikkei staff writer | China

BEIJING -- Even as the Group of 20 foreign ministers' meeting last week drew much fanfare as U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's international conference debut, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi almost stayed home to prove his loyalty to President Xi Jinping -- "core" leader of China's Communist Party.

Officials from the Japanese ruling coalition and the Chinese Communist Party usually make annual visits to each other's countries. This year, a Chinese representative was scheduled to go to Japan in February. But a member of the party's international liaison department had requested that the trip be postponed while in Japan in mid-January.

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