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A silver bullet for our hard times

Personal relations matter, and face-to-face meetings between leaders are more important than ever when bilateral ties are bad.

US President Joe Biden and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping spoke on the phone on July 28, 2022. PHOTO: REUTERS
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We live in dark times.

There are at least three major dark clouds hovering above our world. The first is inflation. It is roaring rapidly across the world, toppling weak governments (like in Sri Lanka and Italy) along the way. The second is the Ukraine war. No end is in sight. And the spike in energy and food prices it has generated has aggravated global inflation. As Tom Friedman said recently, poor Europeans will soon have to choose between heating and eating. The third is the zero-Covid policy of China. It has slowed China's economic growth significantly, depriving the world of one of its major growth engines.

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