What Xi's Travel Plans Say about China's Foreign Policy
Xi Jinping has embarked on his first foreign tour as China's new president, with state visits to Russia, Tanzania, South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo. He will attend the fifth meeting of leaders of the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) in Durban, South Africa on March 27.
China's leaders usually make Russia their first foreign destination. Mao Zedong (1949), Liu Shaoqi (1960) and Hu Jintao (2003) all chose Moscow as their first stop. When Deng Xiaoping made his comeback in 1978, he visited Myanmar. Hu Yaobang went to Japan in 1983.
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