What to Expect from the Trump-Xi Summit

November 7, 2017

Geopolitical Monitor

Trump2015, cc Flickr Michael Vadon, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

 

Summary

All eyes are on President Trump for his China visit on Wednesday.

It would be hard to argue that the Trump presidency hasn’t been a boon for Beijing thus far: the South China Sea has effectively been turned into a Chinese lake; the Xi administration has inherited some of the leadership role ceded by the U.S. on free trade; China has not been brought to task for any trade or currency manipulations; and North Korea is consistently painted as a crisis that only Beijing has the power to stop. Put simply, the Middle Kingdom’s ascent to great power status has only accelerated over the past few years.

Will recent trends continue, or will the Trump-Xi honeymoon be cut short? Here’s what to look out for in Trump-Xi part two:

 

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