China's Xi Considers Visiting Central Asia, Potential Meeting With Putin

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Chinese state media videos and a map of live-fire exercises around Taiwan have displayed Beijing’s strategy to impose an aerial and maritime blockade on the island. Here’s how China could threaten both Taiwan and global trade in case of a military conflict. Illustration: CCTV

Preparations are under way for Chinese leader Xi Jinping to travel to Central Asia to meet with Russia’s Vladimir Putin and other leaders at a regional summit in mid-September, according to people familiar with the planning.

The tentative addition of a trip to Mr. Xi’s schedule was prompted by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan earlier this month, which was seen in Beijing as an escalation of Western pressure on China, some of the people said.

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