Xi Jinping makes a stop-over in Finland on his way to the USA:
Finland and China launch “a new type of partnership”
Finnish Institute of International Affairs
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It is a feat of Finnish diplomacy to have Helsinki included in President Xi’s itinerary. The decision may be thanks to Finland’s half-way position between Asia and America, and the country’s good relations with China and the USA. Finland’s centenary celebrations will endow the visit with extra pomp and media visibility.