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International relations

Xi slams neocon model while advocating own form of 'democracy'

Leader says China will never invade others

People wave Chinese national flags as they gather for the New Year at the Tiananmen Square in Beijing on Jan. 1, 2020. Chinese President Xi Jinping repeatedly mentioned democracy in his U.N. General Assembly speech Tuesday.   © Reuters

NEW YORK -- In a speech sprinkled with words such as "democracy" and "freedom," Chinese President Xi Jinping used his address to the U.N. General Assembly Tuesday to slam the past two decades of U.S. foreign policy and portray China as the defender of a U.N.-centered international order.

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