Tuesday, April 4, 2017

What Is Worrying Chinese President Xi Jinping

China's President Xi Jinping laughs during the Global Leaders' Meeting on Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment at the United Nations headquarters in Manhattan, New York, September 27, 2015. REUTERS/CARLO ALLEGRI

L.A. Times: As he gets ready to meet Trump in Florida, China's Xi Jinping has a lot to worry about

Chinese President Xi Jinping is a man of protocol. Xi, the country’s most powerful leader in decades, is rarely photographed without his back straight, his hair bottle black, and his expression a taut half-smile. He’s virtually never quoted beyond scripted exchanges, most in Communist Party jargon. His personal life is hidden in shadows.

President Trump, by contrast, is known as a provocateur, off-the-cuff and unpredictable. So in advance of Xi’s meeting with Trump at the president’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida on Thursday and Friday — a first for the two leaders — the Chinese government is deeply on edge.

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WNU Editor: The Chinese know how to deal with Philippine President Duterte ....so I am sure they will be ready for President Trump. But a lot is riding for the Chinese in this summit .... they have pressing economic concerns that are not widely reported in the West, and then there are China's border disputes with its neighbours that show no signs of going away. It is too bad that Chinese President Xi does not play golf .... because he does need a good relationship with President Trump (and vice versa).

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