Pity China and how swiftly the glittering beacon of its world vision has dimmed!
Barely a year ago, the Beijing bankrolled Belt and Road Initiative to modernise the world with new infrastructure was capturing a global imagination. Every country, however weak and corrupt, could dream of its own cityscape skyline and high-speed railway, as long as it played its cards right.
But now, as the packing cover of the Belt and Road has been peeled back, China is being told to watch its manners, stop its loan shark bullying and maybe get out altogether. […]