Foreigners Try to Hitch Ride on ‘One Belt, One Road’

Charm bracelets, Cabbage Patch Kids and Tickle Me Elmo. I may be dating myself with some of those references, but the point is that when it comes to fads, I’ve seen them all.

And then I came to China, where such fads took on a whole new meaning. No more were the hottest toys and gadgets the center of conversation and front-page news like in my native U.S. Instead, phrases like the “Three Represents” and the “Chinese Dream” took over as centerpieces of daily chatter, pushed by a state-owned media machine that could find magic in even the stodgiest terms like “Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank” and “Shanghai Free Trade Zone.”

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