While European nations viewed Trump’s victory as a setback for liberalism, nations in the Asia-Pacific took a more pragmatic approach that focused on bracing for greater unpredictability.
Following the Xi-Trump summit at Mar-a-Lago, experts say President Trump and the new U.S. administration are growing into their roles and becoming more pragmatic, paving the way for a more stable U.S.-China relationship.
In their first summit, Xi Jinping and Donald Trump will need to set a positive tone and create a foundation for future bilateral relations.
U.S. and Chinese leaders need to build a closer cooperation to together face the mounting tensions in the Korean peninsula, including North Korea’s missile tests and the removal of Park Geun-hye.
A recent departure from past anti-China rhetoric and Trump’s renewed commitment to regional alliances suggest the potential for a constructive U.S.-China relationship moving forward.
China and Russia are aligned on issues such as global governance and internet sovereignty, making it highly unlikely that U.S.-Russia relations will strengthen more than China-Russia relations over the coming years.
The U.S.-China relationship is pivotal to the world order.
After early indications that U.S. President Trump might abandon the long-established “One China” policy, he reassured Chinese President Xi Jinping that he would honor the policy in his first communication with the Chinese leader since his inauguration.
U.S. President Trump has indicated that he will increase pressure on China to help tackle the nuclear threat posed by North Korea, but further pressure could lead to erratic and dangerous responses from North Korea.
China’s leaders will focus on maintaining stable relations with the United States in 2017, particularly in the run-up to the 19th Party Congress.