Trump should be shown the complexity of China’s reality
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.