Leaders attending the Belt and Road Forum pose for a group photo at the Yanqi Lake venue on the outskirts of Beijing, on May 15. Front row, from left: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinping, Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev. Picture: Reuters

How China’s ancient carrot-and-stick concept guides its rise, and why it has just 15 years to secure its place in the world

Howard French, American China watcher, talks about Xi Jinping, Donald Trump, and his new book looking at how the nation’s rise accords with a concept it has long taken for granted – tianxia

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Leaders attending the Belt and Road Forum pose for a group photo at the Yanqi Lake venue on the outskirts of Beijing, on May 15. Front row, from left: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinping, Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev. Picture: Reuters
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