Jonah Langan-Marmur from Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service: Along with welcoming exchanges with foreigners, the extent to which China is positioning itself to fulfil a global leadership role was surprising, if not slightly alarming. At the foreign ministry, while they did stress that American power meant that a “vacuum” in the Pacific did not exist, they eyed at least economic leadership on the Asian continent, and mentioned their “economic assistance” in Africa and Latin America. Alibaba stressed their capability in building global trade and logistics networks and promoted their plan to export their Chinese-inspired model to other communities. At the IPE we learned of new data-driven methods to keep corporations in check and enforce environmental rules, a service which has already been extended to other companies outside of China. China’s positive dedication to exporting domestic models of development and leadership to the global stage came across strongly.