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The Key Takeaway From Wang Yi’s Week-Long Asia Tour: It’s Not Easy Balancing Ties Between China and the U.S.

South Korean Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong (R) poses with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (L) before their meeting at the Foreign Ministry in Seoul on September 15, 2021. YONHAP / AFP

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi wrapped up a week-long four-nation Asian tour on Wednesday in Seoul where he met with his Korean counterpart Chung Eui-yong. Wang also visited Vietnam, Cambodia, and Singapore on a trip that was expressly intended to bolster China’s ties in a region that both Beijing and Washington see as vital to their core interests.

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