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2017-04-05 | 海外記事





Trump Is Making a Huge Mistake by Giving VIP Treatment to China
Author: Ely Ratner, Maurice R. Greenberg Senior Fellow in China Studies
April 3, 2017
The Washington Post



If President Trump wants to get tough on China, hosting President Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago later this week is a big step in the wrong direction.
It’s easy to imagine how the Florida summit will unfold: rich with ceremony, heavily scripted and full of hollow declarations about the importance of a constructive U.S.-China relationship. With few, if any, interactions with the media, official cameras will capture a confident Xi casually strolling with Trump and later dining with his family, including daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner. The photos will splash across China’s state-run media as Xi heads home triumphant the next day.
No wonder the Chinese government is desperate for the meeting. Xi, facing a critical twice-a-decade Community Party conclave this fall, will secure the ultimate foreign policy stamp of approval for his deft handling of the United States. Xi will show up with a bag of political goodies for Trump, expected to include pledges of big, “tweetable” Chinese investments in the United States.
However, without fundamentally addressing the unfair trade and investment practices Trump railed against during the campaign, the president will have given away his single most valuable asset — the ability to hold back a leader-level summit at his vacation home until Beijing truly delivers on U.S. demands such as opening its economy and pressuring North Korea. Instead, Trump will be showering Xi with legitimacy and bolstering his influence at home and abroad. This, while China continues bullying U.S. allies, cracking down on dissidents and failing to reform its struggling economy at the expense of global growth.
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