Trump tweets his thanks for ‘incredible’ welcome
In social media messages sent via Twitter, US President Donald Trump enthusiastically thanked his host, President Xi Jinping, for his hospitality and spoke highly of the “incredible” display of diplomacy.
“President Xi, thank you for such an incredible welcome ceremony. It was a truly memorable and impressive display!” Trump wrote after the event China staged in his honor.
Trump, who is on a “state visitplus” in China, has sent a slew of short messages on Twitter since he arrived in the country. On Wednesday, he called his first hours in Beijing “unforgettable”
It is a very important heritage for Chinese civilization, and very important that President Trump, on his first visit to Beijing, be shown this 5,000 years of history.”
and the lavish welcome he received “beautiful”.
“On behalf of @FLOTUS Melania and I, THANK YOU for an unforgettable afternoon and evening at the Forbidden City in Beijing, President Xi and Madame Peng Liyuan. We are looking forward to rejoining you tomorrow morning!” Trump wrote.
On Thursday, Trump tweeted, “In the coming months and years ahead I look forward to building an even STRONGER relationship between the United States and China.”
Before departing from the United States, Trump tweeted that he would “be headed to China where I very much look forward to meeting with President Xi who is just off his great political victory”, referring to Xi’s re-election as general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee last month.
After arriving in the Chinese capital, the Trumps had afternoon tea with President Xi and his wife, Peng, at the Hall of Embodied Treasures in the Forbidden City, also known as the Palace Museum, before a tour of the ancient imperial palace that included a performance by Peking Opera students.
A photo with the performers, who were dressed in ornate traditional Chinese costumes, was apparently one of Trump’s favorites from the afternoon tour. He used it as the main image on his Twitter account. He also posted or retweeted four other pictures from his tour of the Forbidden City.
David Shambaugh, a professor of political science at The George Washington University, said he is a great admirer of the collections at the Forbidden City.
“It is a very important heritage for Chinese civilization, and very important that President Trump, on his first visit to Beijing, be shown this 5,000 years of history,” Shambaugh told China Daily. “That, I’m sure, will have a big impact on him and his wife.”
Shambaugh added that the personal chemistry between the two leaders seems very positive, and that the meeting is an important step forward to stabilize and improve cooperation between the two countries in various sectors.