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But what does the new approach mean for relations with Canada — and for the Canadians imprisoned in China? China watchers are intrigued by a speech delivered this week by China’s supreme leader Xi Jinping — one that appeared to extend a large and unexpected olive branch to the world. But there’s little consensus on how much observers should read into Xi’s words and what they might mean for Canada. Some say the speech appears to signal a real change of approach from the leader most strongly associated with China’s highly aggressive approach to international relations — often referred to as “wolf warrior diplomacy” after a series of uber-nationalistic Chinese action movies. “It is necessary to make friends, unite and win over the majority, and constantly expand the circle of friends as regards international public opinion,” Xi told Communist Party officials in remarks reported by China’s Xinhua News Agency and other Chinese media.

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