China’s top diplomat in NBA charm offensive ahead of crucial visits

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Beijing (AFP) – China’s new foreign minister made a video appearance at a basketball game in Washington to mark Lunar New Year, amid heightened efforts to keep tensions between the global powers in check. The frosty relations between the world’s two biggest economies have shown signs of thawing, with a flurry of top-level meetings involving officials from both sides. Qin Gang, who had earlier served as Beijing’s ambassador to the US, addressed tens of thousands of basketball fans on Saturday in a pre-recorded video during a National Basketball Association (NBA) game between the Washington Wiza…

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