Weakened by the trade war, Xi returns to security conference ready to woo Modi and Putin

Hong Kong (CNN)Smiling broadly as he strode into the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in June 2018 alongside a group of world leaders, Chinese President Xi Jinping had never looked stronger. In the Kyrgyzstan capital Bishkek, Xi is expected to meet with his “best and bosom friend” Russian leader Vladimir Putin and a newly reelected Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, fresh from his landslide victory in May. While it’s reasonable to think Xi will be seeking their endorsement and support, …

Weakened by the trade war, Xi returns to security conference ready to woo Modi and Putin

Hong Kong (CNN)Smiling broadly as he strode into the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in June 2018 alongside a group of world leaders, Chinese President Xi Jinping had never looked stronger. In the Kyrgyzstan capital Bishkek, Xi is expected to meet with his “best and bosom friend” Russian leader Vladimir Putin and a newly reelected Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, fresh from his landslide victory in May. While it’s reasonable to think Xi will be seeking their endorsement and support, …