Trump’s role in China

The Weekend Australian - - COMMENTARY -

Don­ald Trump may not have re­alised it, but he was in the tra­di­tional role of the sup­pli­cant, trib­u­tary state ruler ask­ing the Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping for favours (“The odd power cou­ple”, 10/11).

Trump’s ef­fer­ves­cence about their re­la­tion­ship re­in­forced his role. Xi’s si­lence on that topic, his stonewalling on North Korea and the gift of mean­ing­less memos of un­der­stand­ing, em­pha­sised the power of some­one who knows what he wants against the am­a­teur who wants to be flat­tered. Jim Wil­son, Beaumont, SA

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