Is this a new Trump? Abrupt reversals may reflect experience
Apr 16 2017
I asked about their summit, given some of the harsh things Trump has said about China.
Trump discussed the incident in an interview with Fox News on April 12 during which he recalled that when he made the decision to bomb Syria, he was sharing "the most handsome piece of chocolate cake that you have ever seen" with Chinese president Xi Jinping at his Mar-A-Lago resort.
Sandy Pho, a senior program associate for the Kissinger Institute on China at the Wilson Center, said that Trump, like many new presidents, has been facing a learning curve on the ways of Beijing.
The conversation pivoted after Syria and North Korea to domestic issues such as tax and health care reform. In an earlier tweet, Trump had threatened that the USA would resolve the North Korean issue by itself, if China refused to help. "I want to do it first to really do it right", Mr. Trump said.
"We're going to have a phenomenal tax reform, but I have to do health care first". Xi told Trump that China insists on peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and advocates resolving the problem through peaceful means. Over and over during the presidential campaign, Trump pilloried China, accusing it of manipulating its currency. "Trump fashions himself as the leading man - the protagonist of every story in which he stars", The Post's team wrote, adding that the president "was content to have Bannon as his sidekick, but he did not welcome the competition for top billing".
We would not be surprised if the United States and Russian Federation eventually agree to bring peace in Syria even with Assad remove from power.
China is seeking Russia's help to cool surging tensions over Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions, the country's foreign minister has told his Moscow counterpart, after Beijing warned of possible conflict over North Korea. These comments come just days after the United States launched a powerful missile attack on a Syrian airbase from where an alleged chemical attack was launched.
Bonnie Glaser, a China expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said the development "bodes well for cooperation between the USA and China".
Soldiers hold their weapons as they ride on a truck with rocket launcher past a stand with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during the parade celebrating the 70th anniversary of the founding of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea, in Pyongyang October 10, 2015.
That could prove useful in dealing with the nuclear-capable North Korea.
"It will be interesting to see what measures China takes to ramp up pressure on North Korea", she said.
Economist Dean Baker of the left-leaning Center for Economic and Policy Research says the timing of Trump's change of views was likely related to an annual report on trade manipulators that is due from the Treasury this weekend.
"I think he fundamentally doesn't understand the nature of the Russia-China relationship", she said, describing it as pragmatic. And he left open the possibility of re-nominating Janet Yellen for a second four-year term as Fed chair.