China is stepping into a soft power vacuum created by the new US administration. Since Donald Trump was elected president, the country has eschewed soft power.
Chinese investment is driving an unprecedented investment boom in global infrastructure. But despite its claims to be pursuing green development, China's building bonanza is harming the planet.
European countries are competing against Brussels and each other for China's affections. And that is undermining the EU.
The Chinese government has now clearly signalled its intention to assume a more prominent global leadership role through the Belt and Road Initiative.
China's One Belt, One Road initiative is holding international summit in Beijing, but no Western leaders have said they are coming yet.
The One Belt One Road programme is much more than just a freight line to new customers in the West.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe may have just demonstrated to other world leaders how to possibly approach President Donald Trump.
China's new freight train line to London is part of an increasing web of trade routes designed to boost the country's influence abroad.
If Beijing can bring its neighbours to accept its regional leadership, China would have successfully achieved a dramatic reduction of US influence.
Obama managed to build stronger rapport with many countries in Southeast Asia,but lacked foreign policy initiatives. China neatly plugged that gap.