RODRIGO Duterte, president of the Philippines, was there. King of Jordan Abdullah Al-Hussein and presidents of Azerbaijan — Ilham Aliyev, and Kazakhstan — Kasym-Jomart Tokayev, were there too, as well as their host, Russian President Vladimir Putin. The theme of their discussion was Dawn of the East and the Global Political Order.
It was in Sochi, some 1,600km to the south of Moscow, where the Valdai discussion club was holding its annual meeting.
Now, Valdai is one of the very few forums in the world where you can get a relatively clear picture of the world.