Xi Jinping: president warns other nations not to ‘dictate’ to China

Set-piece speech attempts to shore up confidence amid spluttering economy and concerns over foreign policy

Chinese president Xi Jinping has attempted to shore up confidence in his leadership and the country’s slowing economy with a strongly worded speech warning other nations not to “dictate to” Beijing.

“No one is in a position to dictate to the Chinese people what should or should not be done,” Xi said. “We must resolutely reform what should and can be changed, we must resolutely not reform what shouldn’t and can’t be changed.”

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