China's President Xi Jinping looks on during a signing meeting with Maldives President Abdulla Yameen at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing

China’s President Xi Jinping looks on during a signing meeting with Maldives President Abdulla Yameen at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing

Voices in Beijing are crying foul amid Western criticism of Chinese influence, yet pushing back against Western influence has been one of Xi Jinping's top priorities. Photo: Reuters / Fred Dufour

December 14, 2017 5:37 AM (UTC+8)