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China adopts mild tone to smooth way for Xi visit to U.S.

Beijing dials down rhetoric to ensure warm welcome at APEC meeting in November

U.S. President Joe Biden meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the G-20 leaders' summit in Bali, Indonesia on Nov. 14, 2022.    © Reuters

TOKYO -- China's leaders have kicked off 2023 with a milder tone in their messaging, which analysts say could be an attempt to lay the groundwork for a potential visit by President Xi Jinping to the U.S. in November for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation leaders meeting.

In an opinion piece for The Washington Post on Wednesday, new Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang argued that "The planet's future depends on a stable China-U.S. relationship."

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