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Xi sheds 'wolf-warrior' coat on return to world stage

Third term gives China's leader freer hand to chart new courses

President Xi Jinping shakes hands with Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, signalling in a speech that he wants to thaw frosty relations between the two countries.   © AP

BALI, Indonesia -- After 1,000-plus days of video conferences, phone calls and telegrams, Chinese President Xi Jinping is back on the international stage, engaging in a flurry of meetings on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit on this tropical island.

He seems to have a new diplomatic playbook -- one that is milder than the "wolf warrior" diplomacy his hard-line diplomats have been waging during his tenure so far.

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