Obama's absence China's chance
- Published: 4 Oct 2013 at 19.20
- Online news:
BEIJING - As US President Barrack Obama cancelled a planned trip to Southeast Asia on Friday, China announced visits by Premier Li Keqiang to Thailand, Vietnam and three summits of regional leaders in Brunei.
Li's trip complements President Xi Jinping's ongoing visits to Indonesia, Malaysia and an Asia-Pacific leaders' summit in Bali, where Xi replaces Obama as the highest-profile guest.
Li's itinerary was fixed before Obama cancelled his trip, but the flurry of activity by China's top two leaders can only bolster its standing in the region that Obama made the target of his diplomatic "pivot".
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