While the Trump administration swaggers, the world gets down to business

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has referred to a US foreign policy that “matches swagger”. AFP / Nicholas Kamm

The US is no longer a global hegemon, both by choice and by circumstance. Solid proof of its changing role in the world came as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo marked his first anniversary in the job.

Three things happened that week. In Beijing, President Xi Jinping had 37 world leaders join him for the second forum on the Belt and Road