Trump is trying to shape the US as a power in Asia and block China in the process, using techniques familiar to Beijing.
China’s bid for an infrastructure blitz to drive overland trade through to Europe will end up being overshadowed.
Investment is essential to African economies, but it can bring risks.
Australia has so far declined China’s offer to formally link the Northern Australia project to OBOR. But it risks losing out on trade and investment if the government doesn’t take a stronger approach.
China will have to play by international rules on transparency and accountability if it wants to secure its place as a leader for economic development in Asia.