Trump should be shown the com­plex­ity of China’s re­al­ity

China Daily (Canada) - - VIEWS -

The itin­er­ary for US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s visit to China next month may al­ready be ironed out, but David Lamp­ton, a se­nior China ex­pert in the United States, would like it to go be­yond fo­cus­ing on pol­icy is­sues be­tween the two coun­tries.

For the pres­i­dent and any other po­lit­i­cal leader in the US or other coun­tries who do not have much knowl­edge of China, it is im­por­tant to get to know the whole pic­ture of the coun­try, said Lamp­ton, who has trav­eled nu­mer­ous times to China since the 1970s and is di­rec­tor of China Stud­ies at the Johns Hop­kins School of Ad­vanced In­ter­na­tional Stud­ies.

“This should be an op­por­tu­nity to ex­pose him to the com­plex­ity and di­ver­sity of China,” he said.

The White House, in a state­ment re­leased on Mon­day, said Trump will ar­rive in Bei­jing on Nov 8 “for a se­ries of bi­lat­eral, com­mer­cial, and cul­tural events”, in­clud­ing meet­ings with Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping.

It did not say if Trump, a for­mer New York busi­ness­man, will be trav­el­ling out­side Bei­jing to get to know more about China and its peo­ple, or if he would, like his pre­de­ces­sor Barack Obama did in 2009, have a town hall meet­ing at a cam­pus.

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