Over this weekend, powerful political, business and creative agents will gather in Davos, Switzerland for the 2017 World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting that runs from Tuesday, January 17 through Friday, January 20.
The United States will be well represented by corporate and intellectual giants, however, as we enter the last week of President Obama’s tenure in the White House, Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry will be on hand from the outgoing US administration.
Physics teaches nature abhors a vacuum and political science behaves in the same way. It is a typical political trait to exploit any and every opportunity for one’s national advantage and with Mr Trump not assuming the Presidency until Friday, expect China to lay down a marker signalling its long-term ambition to become the most powerful sovereign agent on the planet.
The Chinese President, is set to attend Davos where he will become the first Chinese leader to address the annual conference. It is expected that he will call for a new world order and discuss globalisation.
These are important issues for the established system of sovereign governance is in question and many of China’s major trading partners are facing an uprising from voters against open markets and job losses.