IN 2015, XI JINPING continued his hyperactive diplomacy, visiting fifteen different countries within the year. He also packed in bilateral meetings with world leaders at multilateral gatherings, including with the African Union (at the China-Africa Co-operation Forum in Johannesburg in December) at the United Nations General Assembly, the BRICS and SCO Summits and even during the World War II (WWII) commemorations in Moscow and Beijing. Just as in 2014, however, neither Xi nor Premier Li Keqiang visited the Middle East. Throughout all of this frenetic foreign affairs activity, there has been a strong accent on economic diplomacy and, in particular, advancing the cause of Chinaâ€™s â€˜One Belt One Road Initiativeâ€™ (also known as â€˜Belt and Road Initiativeâ€™ or â€˜OBORâ€™).
|Title of host publication
|China Story Yearbook 2015: Pollution
|Gloria Davies, Jeremy Goldkorn, and Luigi Tomba
|Place of Publication
|Published - 2016