Who is the most powerful person in the world?
Many would say US President Donald Trump. But the international news publication, The Economist, argues it is actually China’s President Xi Jinping. While Trump talks protectionism, Xi is bidding for global leadership on multiple fronts. Among them – a grand infrastructure plan to link large parts of the world economy, an Asia-focused bank to counter the World Bank, China’s first overseas military base and a military buildup in the South China Sea.
Analysts say Xi wants to be a transformative leader along the lines of Deng Xiaoping and Mao Zedong. He has eliminated rival power centers in an anti-corruption campaign and has amassed more personal power than any recent predecessor.
So, what will the latest Communist party congress reveal about China’s global aspirations as the US turns inward?
Einar Tangen – Political and Economic Affairs Analyst
Jabin Jacob – Fellow at the Institute of Chinese Studies.
Isaac Stone Fish – Senior fellow at the Asia Society’s Center on US-China Relations.