(Sept 25): One clear focus has emerged from a raft of meetings I spoke at over the past two weeks in China. It is a theme common at the Asean meeting in Nanning, the Silk Road Chamber of International Commerce meeting in Xi’an and in meetings with several provincial governors and other senior departmental staff from the far northwest to the far west and southwest of China.

There is little concern about how the world interacts with China. The primary focus is how China will interact with the world. The Belt and Road Initiative is central to this growing confidence and certainty.

Surprisingly, US President Donald Trump’s speech to the United Nations has given a boost to this approach as he suggested that national sovereign state interests were more significant than sovereign state cooperation. It is a message President Xi Jinping will cheerfully take to the Communist Party Congress meeting on Oct 18.

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