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International relations

China pushes Asia diplomacy to resist Western backlash

Xi Jinping to visit South Korea soon after COVID-19 is under control

Chinese President Xi Jinping seeks to avoid diplomatic isolation by turning to Asian neighbors.   © Reuters

SEOUL/BEIJING -- Facing a growing backlash from the U.S. and Europe over Hong Kong, China has stepped up a diplomatic offensive to bolster relations with Asian neighbors and avoid international isolation.

Top Chinese foreign affairs official Yang Jiechi and South Korean national security adviser Suh Hoon agreed Saturday that Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit South Korea once the COVID-19 situation is brought under control.

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