China’s Xi and Russia’s Putin dominate the G7

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By William James, Alexander Ratz and Humeyra Pamuk LIVERPOOL, England (Reuters) – While Russian President Vladimir Putin keeps the West guessing over Ukraine, it was the might of Chinese President Xi Jinping that garnered the long-term strategic focus when the diplomats from the Group of Seven richest democracies met this weekend. The United States and its other G7 allies are searching for a coherent response to Xi’s growing assertiveness after China‚Äôs spectacular economic and military rise over the past 40 years. Putin was the immediate tactical focus at talks in the English city of Liverpool…

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