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China diplomat Wang Yi’s deft touch with a tie wins online praise

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China diplomat Wang Yi’s deft touch with a tie wins online praise

Foreign minister shows ‘class and respect’ towards his Singapore counterpart in video that has attracted close to a million viewsMainland internet users also celebrate Wang’s gesture of removing his tie on noticing that his host was not wearing oneDiplomacyDewey SimPublished: 3:47pm, 14 Aug, 2023Why you can trust SCMP

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi won fans among Singapore’s online community during his visit to the city state last week as part of a swing through Southeast Asia.

Wang and Singapore’s leaders reaffirmed substantive relations in talks which also took stock of bilateral cooperation.

But it was Wang’s gesture ahead of a dinner hosted by his Singaporean counterpart Vivian Balakrishnan that won praise for the Chinese diplomat, in Singapore and at home in China.

In a short video posted on social media platforms, Balakrishnan is seen greeting his guest at the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Upon seeing his counterpart not wearing a tie, Wang promptly removes his own.

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