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Editorial: All points east

The west is dimly aware that China’s gangbuster growth is creating a superpower, but we’ve kept our heads in the sand

By Tom Clark   June 2018

The Great Wall of China is a symbol of the country's past power. But what about the future? Photo: Flickr/matt512

It feels like an age ago after a sizzling Mayday, but it’s only been a few weeks since I found myself snowed in at the Holiday Inn near Heathrow. You could pick up the i newspaper, but a less-familiar alternative was also proffered to travellers: China Daily. One headline gives a flavour of the many front-page stories about Xi Jinping: “World leaders offer their congratulations.”

The west is dimly…

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