Xi Jinping holds all the cards ahead of Mar-a-Lago meeting with Trump
At a secretive gathering of the Chinese Communist party’s most senior officials, a room-full of middle aged men in dark suits convened under a gold hammer and sickle and raised their hands in unison to declare president Xi Jinping the country’s “core” leader.
‘China is stable, the US is divided’
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.Trump’s China strategy has yet to fully form, and the US administration is severely lacking in Asia experts, Zhang added.
Xi is likely to steer clear of any issues that will anger Trump, having drawn from the lesson of a call between Trump and the Australian prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, where discussions over resettling refugees ended with Trump reportedly cutting the call short.“It demonstrates he has a good relationship with the new president and can maintain a stable relationship with the US. Xi doesn’t have any big asks, whereas Trump does.”