The Depth of Meaning in Protocol

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When Xi met Putin they sat close to each other,  and they had intimate dinners and cosy fireside chats.

When Macron and von der Leyen went to Beijing to meet Xi, they were given the big table treatment to separate them.  It’s what happens to leaders that offend or come to tell countries what to do – there is no intimacy, no fireside chats, and diplomacy is very cold.

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