China has the power, now can ‘One Belt, One Road’ take it down the path to glory?


Jean-Pierre Lehmann


South China Morning Post


 September 15, 2016


As is well known, for a period of over a century, the erstwhile great Chinese empire – a source of admiration and inspiration for centuries – underwent an era of humiliation. Since the reforms in the late 1970s and early 1980s under the leadership of Deng Xiaoping ( 鄧小平 ), China’s economic fortunes have been greatly restored. When China speaks, the entire planet listens – a quite dramatic contrast with not many decades ago when it was shunned and marginalised by the international market and community.