Even before the Chinese Communist Party went through the elaborate formality of electing Xi Jinping as president for a third term, Beijing engaged in a hectic diplomacy after the October party congress to ensure that the world welcomes the re-election of the Supreme Leader.
As part of the exercise, Chinese ambassadors were asked to get congratulatory messages from the leaders of the countries to which they were assigned, and Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s task was to invite world leaders like the French President Emmanuel Macron and German President Olaf Scholz at court. of President Xi before attending the G-20 summit in Bali on November 15-16. Minor tributary states like Pakistan, Vietnam and Tanzania were also invited to salute the leader of the Middle Kingdom, as Imperial China described itself, the civilized center of the world. According to senior diplomats, this invitational exercise began at least two months before Emperor Xi’s coronation after the conclusion of the party congress on Oct. 22.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz is expected to land in Beijing on November 3-4 with a huge trade delegation to continue the pro-China trade policy of his predecessor Angela Merkel. Germany chose to ignore decoupling advice with China and the latter, through COCSO, is investing billions in a container terminal in Hamburg, the largest port city in northern Germany.
French President Macron, however, declined the invitation although the pressure was still on. It is understood that Foreign Minister Wang Yi has made several calls to the French President’s diplomatic adviser to secure the visit, but President Macron is simply not interested in playing ball and behaving like a dependent state. China. Diplomatic sources say the invitation to Beijing came specifically ahead of the G-20 summit so that the world recognizes President Xi’s anointing.
Just as his predecessor Imran Khan landed for the inauguration of the Winter Olympics in Beijing in February 2022, Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif will pay tribute to President Xi on November 1. The Chinese spokesperson said Sharif was among the first foreign leaders to visit China by invitation after the successful conclusion of the 20th CPC Congress, which testifies to the special friendship and strategic mutual trust between the two countries.
Nguyen Phu Trong, head of Vietnam’s Communist Party, will be the first leader to greet President Xi when he arrives in Beijing on Oct. 30 and will stay until Nov. 2. The Vietnamese leader was among the communist states of North Korea, Cuba, Laos and Cambodia, which sent immediate congratulations to the supreme leader on his re-election.
Besides client states Pakistan and Vietnam, Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan will also pay a state visit to China from Nov. 2 to 4 at the invitation of President Xi. China has invested some $2.1 billion in Tanzania for power sector development and other infrastructure projects.
According to a former foreign minister, the whole exercise is part of a plan to project President Xi as one of the top world leaders of a country that could soon overtake the United States as dominant power. It is also a question of highlighting the Middle Kingdom as the new energy destination. Move to Washington.