Thanks, interesting take. I think that’s how I see the three global initiatives as well, not fully thought out strategies, but a general invitation to participate and engage in jointly creating a better world. But they are more than mere “political slogans”.

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China’s highly centralized authoritarian system??

If that is the good professor's understanding of Chinese governance, then why should we take his speculations seriously?

Follow the money, and the PRC looks more like a federation of states with different languages and dialects. China provincial governments accordingly get a bigger share of responsibility and the vast bulk of central government revenues.

Promotions come from solving, in your district, a national problem that Beijing has asked for help with. That's literally front-page stuff at the world's biggest, most trusted newspaper, People's Daily.

Problem-solving is, after all, what good government is all about. Not rhetoric.

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