Rising Dragon raises searching questions
Chinese leader Xi Jinping's pledge to deliver "a new era" that "sees China moving closer to centre stage" as "a leading global power" with a "world-class" military should give us pause for thought. The competition to be in the "global power" elite is hotting up, while the rest of us mere "stakeholders" on this planet watch in the wings.
The rise and rise of the Dragon has been spectacular. But the noises coming from Beijing will prompt questions about the kind of future Mr Xi plans to fashion for his country.
The once-thought-of "reforming and modernising liberal" now seems intent on reasserting the authority of the Communist Party in all areas of life, and centralising control. What this means for law and the progress of daily life remains to be seen, but the portents are not good.