The first summit between US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping ended in Florida on a Friday evening. By the end of the weekend, there was little trace in the US press that the leaders representing the world’s greatest rivalry had just met for two days. Under the circumstances, that probably means the meeting was a success.
Not that Trump-Xi had a chance of holding the attention of the Washington press corps once the US president decided to rain missiles on a Syrian airfield while simultaneously hosting his banquet for his Chinese guest. Actual war will beat diplomatic hostilities every time.
Still, the relatively quiet episode must be considered a positive, given all that could have gone wrong. China had been the target of some of Trump’s nastier verbal assaults during the election campaign. Ahead of inauguration, he infamously took a call from the leader of Taiwan.
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