Speaking Of Asia

Mr Xi Jinping goes to Europe: Making inroads is a strategic imperative for Beijing

Making inroads in Europe commercially and diplomatically is a strategic imperative for Beijing, especially given the boulders rolling into its path in Asia

ST ILLUSTRATION: MANNY FRANCISCO

It was said of the late American Richard Nixon that as his presidency waned under the weight of scandal, he often used to find relief in overseas trips. To be fawned over as the world's most powerful man by host nations often provided welcome relief from the pressures he was under back home, with the Watergate investigation closing around him.

Chinese President Xi Jinping is no Dick Nixon. Having allowed himself the option of being president for life - true, some see that gambit as a sign of his weakness rather than strength - he clearly is in no immediate danger of losing his position either.

Please or to continue reading the full article.

Get unlimited access to all stories at $0.99/month

  • Latest headlines and exclusive stories
  • In-depth analyses and award-winning multimedia content
  • Get access to all with our no-contract promotional package at only $0.99/month for the first 3 months*

*Terms and conditions apply.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 22, 2019, with the headline 'Mr Xi goes to Europe'. Subscribe