How could a Xi Jinping surprise visit to Tibet be connected to an American go-ahead to Germany to proceed with the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project to bring more natural gas from Russia?
Or the arrival in South-east Asian waters of HMS Queen Elizabeth and its strike group, with US Marine Corp F-35 attack fighters on board and an American destroyer as part of its flotilla, have anything to do with Beijing's crackdown on Didi Chuxing just as the ride-hailing company sold shares in New York?
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