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US-China tensions

Xi set to host Blinken in signal of China-U.S. detente

Both Beijing and Washington have a shared incentive to limit downside risks

Chinese President Xi Jinping gestures at the  APEC leaders' meeting in Bangkok in November 2022. His upcoming reception of Secretary of State Antony Blinken is expected to set the path for Chinese diplomacy with the U.S. for the foreseeable future.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Chinese President Xi Jinping is set to host U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken next week in Beijing, signaling his desire to stabilize relations with Washington as he faces economic headwinds at home.

The planned reception, first reported by the Financial Times and confirmed by U.S. sources, will likely set the tone for China's new foreign policy team -- top diplomat Wang Yi and Foreign Minister Qin Gang -- as they put together their diplomacy playbook.

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