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1: The author is deeply in debt to many contributors from the public and the private sectors who shared their candid views.
2: From a recent interview at the Chinese State media with Russian delegation who participated in Belt and Road Forum
3: A key post for those who want to step into the Standing Committee of the CCP Politburo of the CCP Central Committee
4: Please refer to Deng’s 24 characters summary on the Chinese foreign policy when he met with the then UN Secretary General Javier Pérez de Cuéllar
5: Courtesy of some Chinese senior academics and diplomats in Beijing