Speaking of Asia: Asean face to face with Xi Jinping

China and its leader may be heavyweights in the room but Asean has cards of its own too.

No Chinese leader has amassed as much power in recent times as Mr Xi Jinping seems to have done. PHOTO: REUTERS
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For years now, Asean has been accustomed to having China's premier across the table when the 10-member grouping holds its annual summits with Asia's dominant power and the world's second-biggest economy.

Next week, they will find a new figure facing them - no less than President Xi Jinping.

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