Chinese bullet trains operating on the Beijing-Guangzhou high-speed railway.
A senior Chinese Foreign Ministry official has hinted that Beijing may pick up the torch of global leadership if forced to do so by the withdrawal of other contenders for the role as Washington under Trump appears to become more immersed in domestic issues.
“If anyone were to say China is playing a leadership role in the world, I would say it’s not China rushing to the front but rather the frontrunners have stepped back, leaving the place to China,” Zhang Jun, the director general of the Chinese Foreign Ministry’s international economics department, told reporters on Monday, according to Reuters.
At the same time, he said that China would not shun the opportunity to lead the world if needed for the common good.
“If China is required to play that leadership role, then China will assume its responsibilities,”
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