All nations have their own sovereign rights in this world but establishing and maintaining diplomatic relationships with other nations is a must to maintain peace and order on a global scale. Whether you are near or far from each other is not a hindrance to maintaining positive relations with other countries. The world is gripped by war and if there is anything we can do to prevent more conflict is best for everyone. And more than anything else, it is the job of world leaders to do just that.
Quite recently, President Donald Trump of the U.S. and Chinese President Xi Jinping met to discuss diplomatic relations between both countries at no other than the luxurious private club of the former in Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. This is not the first time President Trump met with a world leader here. He also met with the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Mar-a-Lago about the time when they heard about North Korea’s missile launch back in February, which incidentally happened to be President Trump’s first real national security scare.
When Xi Jinping and his wife Mme. Peng Liyuan arrived at Mar-a-Lago resort at around 5 p.m., Donald Trump and his wife, Mme. Melania Trump greeted them in the parking lot. The two couples took photos and chatted warmly. Then they listened and enjoyed the performances of Donald Trump’s grandson and granddaughter singing Jasmine Flower, a traditional Chinese song as well as reciting verses from the “Three-Character Classic” and Chinese classic poetry.
In the meeting, Xi Jinping pointed out that I have kept close contact with Mr. President for some time, and we had several telephone talks and exchanged messages. I am so happy to hold this meeting in the US at the invitation of Mr. President. I am willing to exchange in-depth views on China-US relations and major international and regional issues with Mr. President, so as to reach more consensus, and chart the course for the development of bilateral relations in the new era.
Xi Jinping stressed that sound China-US relations will not only benefit the two countries and the two peoples, but the world at large. There are a thousand reasons to make China-US relations a success, but not a single reason to break it. Since the normalization of China-US relations 45 years ago, though bilateral relations have undergone ups and downs, yet it has made historic progress and brought enormous practical benefits to the two peoples. How to further develop China-US relations in the next 45 years? It is a question requires deep thinking, and the leaders of the two countries should make political decisions and historic commitments. I am willing further push China-US relations for greater development with Mr. President.
The Chinese state media cheered the official meeting of the two world leaders during the two-day summit held earlier this month. It is a breath of relief for many who thought that relations between the U.S. and China were going sour as President Trump openly talked about being anti-China during the US election. And even during their recent meeting, the two leaders avoided any discussion of possible diplomatic gaffes that can ruin their relationship.
The summit between Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump at the Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida was billed as a historic meeting between the world’s two most powerful men. As the meeting wrapped up, however, the US missile strikes in Syria overshadowed the cordial affair, which featured the presidents and their families sharing meals and taking informal strolls around the grounds.
The Mar-a-Lago summit produced a 100-day plan to resolve trade disagreements and four dialogue mechanisms for the presidents to discuss bilateral issues. Trump also accepted an invitation to visit China later in 2017.
All of these resolutions are agenda-setting agreements, rather than concrete pacts or deliverables, which many observers expected since it was the first in-person meeting between the two leaders. That the meeting adhered to scripted pleasantries is not insignificant considering Trump’s unpredictable dialogues with other foreign leaders and his bold anti-China remarks on the campaign trail.
The friendly remarks offer reassurances about the China-US relationship. However, the issues that were not publicly resolved indicate lingering uncertainties over what is dubbed “the most important relationship in the world”.
While no controversy arose during their meeting, a lot of things were either left unasked or unanswered despite the eagerness of both leaders to cultivate a constructive China-US relationship. Critics remain hopeful that despite the earlier confusion, there is a lot of promise of developing a more pragmatic relationship between these two global superpowers.
There was even no talk about the missile strike done by the US on the Syrian government airbase, which happened about the same time as their meeting. China is not new to threats of missile strikes as its close and diplomatic ally, North Korea, likewise has an active nuclear program. Trade issues were discussed, though, although President Trump refrained from speaking anything rash to trigger a trade war. But overall, the meeting was a positive one and China-US relations appear stronger than ever.