A Cornerstone of Diplomacy
The past October saw perhaps China's busiest "shuttle diplomacy" schedule ever since the People's Republic was founded 63 years ago. Since China's new top leaders assumed office in March, the nation has launched a fresh round of active top-level diplomatic initiatives in its neighborhood, which have borne fruitful results
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A work conference focusing on China's neighborhood diplomacy was held in late October. The large scale and rare high profile of the conference, which gathered representatives from many walks of China.

Observers believe the recent moves regarding China's neighborhood diplomacy reflect a shift in its foreign policy. The moves are also illustrative of the new mindset of China's leadership.

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