China President Xi Jinping hosts a welcome banquet in Beijing on Tuesday Oct 17, 2023 evening for guests attending the third Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation. China is to host representatives of 130 countries for a forum on Xiís vast trade and infrastructure project, the belt and road initiative. Russian President Vladimir Putin is scheduled to hold bilateral talks with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on Wednesday. The two men last met in March in Moscow.

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Xi Jinping has a plan for how the world should work, and one year into his norm-shattering third term as Chinese leader, he’s escalating his push to challenge America’s global leadership — and put his vision front and center.

That bid was in the spotlight like never before last month in Beijing, when Xi, flanked by Russian President Vladimir Putin, United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres, and some two dozen top dignitaries from around the world, hailed China as the only country capable of navigating the challenges of the 21st century.

“Changes of the world, of our times, and of historical significance are unfolding like never before,” Xi told his audience at the Bel