See Through Trump’s Smokescreen before Trump-Xi MeetingPosted: March 31, 2017
US President Donald Trump tweeted,“The meeting next week with China will be a very difficult one in that we can no longer have massive trade deficits and job losses. American companies must be prepared to look at other alternatives,” soon before it was announced that he would meet Chinese President Xi Jinping next week.
That makes media not optimistic of the results of Trump-Xi meeting. The Guardian regards Trump’s tweet as the commencement of collision between the US and China so that it gave its report on the meeting the title “Trump sets himself on collision course with China ahead of Xi meeting”.
However, it is common sense that leaders of great nations meet not for quarrel but for resolving quarrel. If the two sides see no possibility of positive outcome of their meeting, they simply will not have the meeting.
There have been busy preparations before a meeting of top leaders of great nations can be a reality.
This blogger is sure that the meeting is simply impossible if the leaders are aware that nothing good will come out of the meeting.
Then why Trump has written such a tweet?
That is his smokescreen in order to make people believe it is impossible to obtain what he wants in the meeting. However, he is sure of the positive outcome but only wants to bring Americans a surprise. Obtaining something impossible in the meeting will impress Americans how clever and successful he is. He wants to win confidence among Americans through his success in his meeting with Xi especially when he is encountering so much opposition at home now.
As this blogger has predicted repeatedly in his blog, win-win cooperation is the only way out for both China and the US. Neither Trump nor Xi is so stupid as to choose confrontation.
Comment by Chan Kai Yee on The Guardian’s report, full text of which can be found at https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/31/trump-sets-himself-on-collision-course-with-china-ahead-of-xi-meeting.