India is celebrating the 70th anniversary of its independence. It is a sovereign democracy, as well as — think of this — over 1 billion people. It’s the largest democracy in the world. (Applause.) Since India opened its economy, it has achieved astounding growth and a new world of opportunity for its expanding middle class. And Prime Minister Modi has been working to bring that vast country, and all of its people, together as one. And he is working at it very, very successfully, indeed. [Link]
In this context, two tweets by Chris Balding deserve mention.
What do you think China’s model is if not “nationalism, protectionism, unilateralism & xenophobia”?
Caroline Freund @CarolineFreund
If Trump’s retreat into nationalism, protectionism, unilateralism & xenophobia continues, China’s model could win.
This is the second tweet:
I’m not about to say yet that Trump got Beijing to open up bank ownership, but if it comes out Trump admin played a role, will everyone who said he was played please step forward? No one? Anyone at all? [Link]
You have to believe this story because it appeared in ‘South China Morning Post’:
Chinese officials pay homage to tree planted by Xi Jinping as Communist Party chiefs get in touch with their roots.
Let me close with Ely Ratner’s tweet:
I’d like to see more reporting on the absurdity of Xi’s major speeches, contrasting his rhetoric about openness and globalization with the actual situation in China.