Donald Trump, who did not spare China before his election, was to meet yesterday with his president, Xi Jinping, in the relaxed setting of Mar-a-Lago, the luxurious residence of President-billionaire American in Florida.
Arriving early in the afternoon at Palm Beach Airport, where Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and an honorary military guard awaited him, the chief of the most populous country in the world went so far Present shown measured in its reactions to the provocations of the real estate magnate, become president of the world’s leading power.
The American billionaire, expected in the afternoon in Florida, did not diplomatically attack China since his arrival at the White House, end of January, accusing him in turn of unfair trade competition or softness vis-a-vis The North Korean nuclear threat.
The strong man of the communist regime arrives with “grain to tweeter” for the US president, according to diplomatic sources in Beijing, who evoke Chinese concessions in trade and investment, with the key to job creation in the USA. In exchange, he expects from the exuberant billionaire guarantees by which Washington would renounce a contract of arming with Taiwan … at least temporarily.
Few elements have filtered on the exact program of this meeting, except that the presidents of the two world economic powers had to dine together, yesterday, with their wives, Melania Trump and Peng Liyuan, before a series of interviews Friday.
The 70-year-old republican president whose diplomatic position vis-à-vis the Asian giant remains unclear will provide an initial indication of the direction he intends to give to the Sino-US relationship.
“It’s going to be very interesting, nobody really knows how it’s going to happen,” he said on Fox News shortly before leaving the White House. (Aps)