Xi Jinping in Malaysia as China courts Southeast Asia
KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - China's President Xi Jinping arrived in Malaysia on Thursday, second stop on a Southeast Asian trip that underscores growing Chinese economic influence in a region wary of his country's territorial ambitions.
Mr Xi is making his first trip to Southeast Asia since he took China's helm in March. The journey will culminate next week in his inaugural appearance at the Asia-Pacific's premier international summits, held this year in Indonesia and Brunei.
With China and Washington vying for influence in the economically vibrant region, Mr Xi appeared to gain a point on his US counterpart Barack Obama, who has had to curtail his own regional trip due to the US government shutdown.
Mr Xi arrived from Indonesia, where the two sides underscored rising bilateral trade by signing a series of economic agreements.