What does the PRC want from Trump at Mar-a-Lago? @GordonGChang

Apr 06, 2017, 04:38 AM

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What does the PRC want from Trump at Mar-a-Lago? @GordonGChang

‘China is stable, the US is divided’ “Trump’s team is very anxious, they are facing a lot of resistance at home with Congress and protests,” said Zhang Haibin, a professor of international relations at Peking University in Beijing. “The two leaders’ domestic political situation isn’t the same: Xi Jinping is ‘the core’ and China is very stable. Trump has yet to establish his authority in the US and is facing a divided society.”

Trump’s China strategy has yet to fully form, and the US administration is severely lacking in Asia experts, Zhang added.

Ahead of the meeting with Xi, Trump has set the stage for a major confrontation over trade and security issues. Trump used Twitter to predict discussions would be “very difficult” and on Sunday the Financial Times published an interview where Trump chastised China for failing to do enough to rein in North Korea’s nuclear program.

“I think the president has been pretty clear in messaging about how important it is for China to coordinate with the United States and for China to begin exerting its considerable economic leverage to bring about a peaceful resolution to that problem,” a senior US official said.

The official noted that just under 90% of North Korea’s external trade is with China.

“So even though we hear that China’s political influence may have diminished, clearly its economic leverage has not. It is considerable,” he added. “We would like to work on North Korea together. We have spent 20 years of trying pretty much everything to bring about a safe and denuclearised peninsular so this is in some ways a test of the relationship.”..."