onsdag 5. juli 2017

Trump and Xi at G20 in Hamburg: Time to abandon illusions

Since the US-China Diplomatic and Security Dialogue in June, it appears the Trump administration is beginning to shed its illusions, too, and face the realities of Chinese behavior and cooperation on a range of economic and security issues.

At the talks between the State and Defense Departments and their Chinese counterparts, the US had hoped to elevate and focus discussions with China on key issues in order to break through old sticking points. The Chinese side, however, appeared chiefly concerned with protocol -- confirming Trump's bilateral with Xi at the G20 summit in Hamburg and his state visit to China later this year. Thus, the meetings exposed the widening expectations gap between the US and Chinese governments, and led Trump to take action.