Beijing prepared to match Biden measure for measure

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When Mr Xi Jinping visited Washington as China’s vice-president on Valentine’s Day in 2012, there was no brewing bromance.

His counterpart from the United States then, Mr Joe Biden, feted him at a welcoming banquet, but pressed him on human rights. It was tantamount to a diplomatic slap, as Beijing prefers talking about the issue behind closed doors.

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Bastion Balance Seoul.