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Xi Jinping fills gap on international stage as Trump stays away

Beijing seen taking more active role on issues like trade, Covid-19 at recent global summits

TV screens showing Chinese President Xi Jinping speaking during the virtual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Kuala Lumpur on Nov 19. Experts say Beijing might be taking a more active role on issues such as Covid-19 and trade in Washington'
TV screens showing Chinese President Xi Jinping speaking during the virtual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Kuala Lumpur on Nov 19. Experts say Beijing might be taking a more active role on issues such as Covid-19 and trade in Washington's absence. PHOTO: REUTERS

Preoccupied with challenging the election results at home, US President Donald Trump had been notably absent at several key virtual meetings of international leaders last month, leaving a space that Chinese leaders were glad to fill.

Mr Trump skipped the Asean and East Asia summits, during which the 15-nation Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) trade deal - which includes Asean and China - was signed.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 01, 2020, with the headline 'Xi fills gap on international stage as Trump stays away'. Print Edition | Subscribe