A welcome surprise as Xi Jinping resumes travel to overseas countries

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Xi Jinping has not ventured outside China since the early days of the pandemic in 2020. Few expected the president or other senior Chinese leaders to do so at this time as outbreaks continue and the zero-Covid policy prevails, curtailing travel. Meanwhile, the Communist Party’s 20th national congress will be held in just over six weeks, when the future leadership line-up will be revealed. Preparations have gone smoothly. But stability remains paramount leading up to such a politically sensitive event. So news of Xi’s visit to Kazakhstan next week for talks with President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev – a little over a...