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China signals readiness to lead connectivity push

Beijing heralds its arrival as an economic powerhouse with the Silk Road Fund, the AIIB and its sustainability roadmap for the new overland and maritime Silk Roads.

In 2013, seven of the world's top 10 container ports were in China, with Shanghai ranked No 1. It is therefore not surprising that China wants to play a bigger role in regional connectivity plans.

SINCE the BRICS summit in July 2014 in Brazil, when five developing member countries - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa - announced the establishment of the New Development Bank (NDB), there has been widespread media coverage on regional connectivity.

A major step forward