Asian CrosstalkONE STORY told FROM DIFFERENT ANGLES
APRIL 12 2017
Trump-Xi summit: first results
Faced with an array of politically explosive issues – including a potential trade war between the world’s two largest economies, North Korea’s nuclearisation, and territorial disputes in the South China Sea – the fact that the two leaders could gloss over their many sources of friction and put their best feet forward by promising to work together was a good first step in their bilateral relationship.
In tone and results, the summit was similar to a 2013 meeting between Xi and President Barack Obama in Rancho Mirage, California, that also produced little by way of tangible announcements. But Trump’s inaugural visit with Xi had a little more drama.
The immediate effect of the two-day summit has experienced an influx of tremendous dynamism into the complicated China-US relationship. The world's anxieties over uncertainties can now find a level of solace through optimistic expectations. This transition is a masterpiece of erudite political wisdom.
Trump's hard stance has served as a wake-up call to China, which figured the two countries could cooperate in economic areas. The strike has upended China's view that Trump would not use military force so early in his term.
Chinese expectations that the U.S. president, as a business-minded politician, would look for bargains and seek deals must have fallen flat. After Washington launched a cruise missile strike against Syria using an inconsistent justification, Beijing will probably seek a firmer alliance with Moscow.