Once considered a threat, China suddenly seems globally friendly as president-elect Trump rips up TPP and threatens to back out of the Paris climate change agreement. As Tara Joseph reports, Beijing is well aware of its growing opportunity on the world stage.
Front and center at the APEC global trade summit. Then a high profile sit down with Chile's prime minister . Xi Jin Ping is basking in the glow of what looks like an increasingly globally-minded China... Just as president elect Trump hammers home his message of putting America first. (SOUNDBITE) (English) TARA JOSEPH, REUTERS REPORTER, SAYING: "When it comes to key global initiatives, Beijing suddenly looks a whole lot friendlier, in the face of what some are calling growing isolationism in the United States. Just as Donald Trump announced plans to tear up the Trans Pacific Partnership, China confirmed that it's pushing ahead with plans for its own Asia-wide trade deal. And with the US President-elect threatening to withdraw from the Paris climate change agreement - Beijing officials are making it clear they want to continue in the fight for a low carbon future." The official line in Chinese state media is that the country has no intention of stepping into America's shoes when it comes to global leadership... Although Beijing is clearly aware of its own growing influence. "China's ability to lead the world is a long way from the U.S." says one high-profile editorial. But...it's a fact that China's power is increasing fast." It's early days in what some are calling the dawn of a new geo-political chapter... But coupled with China's aggressive pushes in the South China Sea, Latin America and Africa... a more inward-looking Trump America could fit neatly into Beijing's Long Term playbook. For now, in the words of China's top diplomat Wang Yi: "We are trying to play a bigger role in the existing international order."