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China’s Xi Jinping Takes Rare Direct Aim at U.S. in Speech

In rare direct criticism of Washington, Chinese leader Xi Jinping blamed what he termed a U.S.-led campaign to contain China for worsening the troubles and global uncertainties that his country has faced over the past five years.

“Western countries—led by the U.S.—have implemented all-round containment, encirclement and suppression against us, bringing unprecedentedly severe challenges to our country’s development,” Mr. Xi was quoted by state media as saying on Monday.

Mr. Xi’s comments marked an unusual departure for a leader who has generally refrained from directly criticizing the U.S. in public remarks. He was speaking at a meeting with members of China’s top political advisory body during an annual legislative session in Beijing, according to a Chinese-language readout published by the official Xinhua News Agency.

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Editors Note:  Our elected officials need to be careful right now. Nearly every region on the planet is experiencing tensions. Europe, Middle East, Africa, Persian Gulf, Central Asia, East Asia, China Sea, Korean Peninsula, as well as N. America. Things could go bad quickly.

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