Napoleon Bonaparte once described China as “a sleeping giant. Let her sleep, for when she wakes she will move the world.”
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On the 27 of March, news reports showed a mysterious armoured train leaving Pyongyang and making its way to Beijing. One day later we would find out that inside this train was Kim Jong Un who was responding to an unprecedented invitation by Xi Jinping to meet for the very first time. The question is: why now?
China’s leadership is making it clearer that liberal democratisation will not be the path forward. The recent 19th Party Congress all but confirmed President Xi Jinping’s consolidation of power. However, there are other signs that China’s approach to “Opening and Reform” (改革开放) isn’t heading down the same road as might have been expected in the West. Instead, China is using alterations in the global political atmosphere to tighten its leadership.