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Will China be the new champion of globalisation amid US protectionism?

Words may grab headlines, but China's actions show it has neither the appetite nor the capacity to take up the charge for a transparent, fair and rules-based global economy.

Trade is not a zero-sum game and the vacuum created by the Trump administration's withdrawal into "America First" populism will not be back-filled by China or any other single country.

AS China's Premier Li Keqiang delivered his state of the nation report to the country's National People's Congress (NPC) on Sunday, the impact of the Trump presidency on the global economic order loomed large in Beijing's cavernous Great Hall of the People.

Faced with growing "instability...

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