Trump tweets his thanks for ‘in­cred­i­ble’ wel­come

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - SINO-US SUMMIT - By ZHAO HUANXIN in Wash­ing­ton zhao­huanxin@chi­nadaily.com.cn

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.

David Sham­baugh,

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