Chinese President Xi Jinping surprised attendees by skipping a business forum during the BRICS summit in South Africa. Instead, Chinese Commerce Minister Wang Wentao gave a speech on Xi’s behalf, addressing US hegemony and urging against a new cold war.
While other BRICS leaders participated in the forum, Xi was notably absent, prompting speculation as to why. Observers of Chinese foreign policy point out that Xi’s absence from this multilateral meeting is highly unusual. State media and Chinese diplomats have offered no explanation, and experts have speculated.
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