SINGAPORE (May 20): The Chinese are not alone in not understanding the vagaries of US President Donald Trump, but they do have a unique appreciation of his contribution to the Chinese economy. On the sidelines of a Belt and Road Initiative conference I spoke at, it was suggested that the two greatest contributors to China’s opening-up were Deng Xiaoping and Trump. It was said only partly in jest. The pressure exerted by Trump on China has enabled Premier Li Keqiang to advance a number of opening-up measures that had been previously blocked or slowed by hardliners. It has also speeded up the modification and implementation of BRI measures.

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