China is moving quickly to establish itself as the center of global trade through their “One Belt, One Road” initiative. China is already building massive infrastructure projects in other countries, and basically talking to what seems like every country not in the Western Hemisphere. Yeah, on one level it’s just a way to keep Chinese steel and other construction materiel moving, but it’s also a serious attempt to reorder (at least) half the planet’s trade arrangements.

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