For a long time China shied away from it, but it seems to be slowly easing into the role of an incipient superpower.
Chinese military flag bearers march out for a welcome ceremony for Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on May 16, 2017. (AFP)
The threshold moment
Chinese President Xi Jinping attends the roundtable summit phase one sessions of the Belt and Road Forum at the International Conference Center in Yanqi Lake on May 15, 2017 in Beijing, China. (AP)
The cost-benefit analysis
A staff removes the Iranian flag from the stage after a group picture with foreign ministers and representatives of US, Iran, China, Russia, Britain, Germany, France and the EU during the Iran nuclear talks at the Vienna International Center in Vienna on July 14, 2015. (Reuters)