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International relations

China pulls diplomacy out of Beijing to shield city from coronavirus

Capital on edge to avoid new cases ahead of Communist Party centennial

BEIJING -- China is receiving foreign dignitaries outside of Beijing, in a break from pre-pandemic custom, as the country tries to advance its diplomatic agenda while maintaining strict coronavirus measures in the capital.

Foreign Minister Wang Yi has embarked on a diplomatic blitz after his contentious meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Alaska in mid-March. But while most important meetings were held in Beijing before the pandemic hit, recent gatherings seem to be happening anywhere else.

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