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Tristan Kenderdine
In practical terms, we are still waiting for some flesh on the 'new era' bones.feedback
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Oct 26 2017
You can find on this page a variety of quotes, by one or many people, on what they said about US, China relations. 153 people are quoted and you can read 236 citations of them about US, China relations. Xi Jinping, Donald J. Trump and Bonnie Glaser, are those who have spoken the most about this topic. Xi Jinping said: “Why did the Soviet Union collapse? There was ideological chaos, the party apparatus at every level seemed ineffectual, the military was no longer under the leadership of the party.”.
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Dali Yang

It signals balance and offers some relief to those who thought Xi will seek to place just his own loyal followers in key positions. Instead, this suggests that the different factions are united in facing the future.feedback

Dong Guanpeng

The Party congress has become more open and transparent, which reflects the growing confidence of the ruling party of a large country like China.feedback

Elizabeth Economy - Council on Foreign Relations

I don't think a crypto-liberal would do what he has been doing over the past five years. I don't think a crypto-liberal lets Liu Xiaobo die in jail, and the arrests and the intensification of the attacks on the [human rights] lawyers. That is not a crypto-liberal.feedback

Jeremy Paltiel

No one doubts Xi bestrides the landscape like a colossus. Organized or even unorganized resistance is inconceivable.feedback

Zhang Lifan

In every sense, the Xi Jinping era has begun in earnest. Only Mao's name was enshrined in the party ideology while he was still alive. We're opening something that hasn't been broached before.feedback

Li Keqiang

The people's livelihood is why we govern. At times, one needs to place it on one's heart and carry it on one's shoulders.feedback

Xu Hongcai

To build a market economic system in such a big country, it's impossible without the leadership of the party.feedback

Bill Bishop

It means Xi is effectively unassailable … If you challenge Xi, you are challenging the party – and you never want to be against the party.feedback

Kevin Rudd

Five years ago I said he would be China's most powerful leader since Deng Xiaoping. I was wrong. He is now China's most powerful leader since Mao Zedong.feedback

Bill Bishop

A lot of that stuff must have sunk in. If Xi didn't clear things up, then the place was going to implode and the Communist party was done.feedback

Joseph Fewsmith

Xi seems to be reshaping the rules of the game. This lineup, if it is correct, seems to confirm this.feedback

Minxin Pei

The most important outcome of a midterm congress such as this is the designation of a successor. If the old rules apply, we should expect to see a similar outcome. But this time nobody is sure.feedback

Donald J. Trump

We're so prepared like you wouldn't believe. You would be shocked to see how totally prepared we are if we need to be. China is big stuff. [President Jinping] has got the power to do something very significant with respect to North Korea.feedback

Rory Medcalf

The Chinese party-state has overplayed its hand in trying to influence Australia's choices.feedback

Willy Lam

Xi Jinping has been advocating a revision to traditional, Confucian moral standards. The definition of what is vulgar or morally problematic has been inflated and expanded so that it has become all-encompassing.feedback

Jeffrey Wasserstrom

In some cases, all Xi needs to do to win points symbolically internationally is show up and say basic things, like appearing at Davos and expressing support for globalization or reaffirming China's commitment to the Paris Climate accords. He can look good even if he is in fact limiting the flow into China of international ideas and making it harder to international NGOs to operate.feedback

Jeffrey Wasserstrom

It has been a godsend to [Xi] to have a US administration in place in recent months that has been erratic in its diplomacy, has sent mixed signals to allies, and has pulled back on various forms of engagement with the world.feedback

Willy Lam

Perhaps with Wang Yang, they might be able to do a little more within the orders from Xi Jinping.feedback

Willy Lam

It's difficult to imagine Xi Jinping moving toward a reformist position, because Xi Jinping is a pre-modern person. He is basically a man of the 1950s.feedback

Nicholas Burns

Xi is just about to become Xi Jinping the most powerful Chinese leader in 45 years since Mao Zedong [founder of the People's Republic of China and former chairman of the Chinese Communist Party]; more powerful than the great Deng Xiaoping who ushered capitalism, not really socialism, into China. It's an affirmation of big changes over the past five years. China is pushing out very assertively against its neighbors in the South and East China Sea.feedback

Joseph Fewsmith

Xi started off fast. Now he looks like he's got all the pieces in place and will start whatever the positive agenda of the Xi Jinping era is. The intense interest in this congress is how far Xi can and will go in reshaping the norms of Chinese politics to get his way. Everyone has been on pins and needles because they sense that something is changing.feedback

Xi Jinping

Why did the Soviet Union collapse? There was ideological chaos, the party apparatus at every level seemed ineffectual, the military was no longer under the leadership of the party.feedback

Minxin Pei

He spent his first five years basically dismantling the old system, which he sees as too lax, too corrupt.feedback

Minxin Pei

It disciplines everybody. It disciplines the party, it disciplines Chinese society. And to enforce discipline, you have to have a very powerful security state.feedback

Xi Jinping

Achieving national rejuvenation will be no walk in the park, and it will take more than drum beating and gong clanging to get there. Every one of us in the Party must do more to uphold Party leadership and the Chinese socialist system, and resolutely oppose all statements and actions that undermine, distort, or negate them.feedback

David Bandurski

Part of the story of Xi's rising personality profile is about the need to bolster the perceived legitimacy of the Communist Party around a leader seen as being of the people.feedback

David Bandurski

So under Xi there was an immediate move to address both of these key problems of perception. The answer was Xi as the plain-talking man of the people.feedback

John Pomfret

Xi has positioned himself as the defender of [Joseph] Stalin's legacy.feedback

Jeff Sessions

Well, the pardon power is quite broad. I've not studied it. I do not know if that would be appropriate or not.feedback

Chen Daoyin

Being strong first of all means being a global power - being a world leader and therefore leading the world. It also means that the Communist party must be strong, and that it must maintain one-party rule.feedback

Elizabeth Economy - Council on Foreign Relations

I don't think there's a lack of confidence in Xi Jinping. I think he believes that in order to reclaim China's historic greatness, its centrality in the world, that China needs a strong leader - and he is the person for the job. Xi Jinping sits on top of the Communist party, the Communist party sits on top of China - and China sits on top of the world.feedback

Simone van Nieuwenhuizen

If Xi expresses intent to lead beyond his 10-year limit, this would be reminiscent of the Mao era, which would be damaging to Xi's legacy and call his legitimacy into question.feedback

Yu Xiaoming

China needs a powerful leader, and it is impossible to have comprehensive democracy in China because we have too many people.feedback

Kerry Brown

The congress this year will be dominated by Mr Xi, his message, and the role of his leadership in the overall plot of the Communist Party as it seeks to make one party rule sustainable.feedback

Andrew Nathan

That would surprise me. Because it would indicate Xi does not intend to serve a third term, which today everyone believes he does intend to do.feedback

David Lampton

Under Xi Jinping, the Chinese Communist Party is headed in the direction of strongman rule. The 19th Party Congress is more likely to look like a coronation than an institutionalized transition to a leader's second term.feedback

Lin-Manuel Miranda

It's hard to overemphasize Sondheim's influence on American musical theater. The days of competition with other musical theater songwriters are done: We now talk about his work the way we talk about Shakespeare or Dickens or Picasso – a master of his form, both invisible within his work and everywhere at once.feedback

Rana Mitter

What he wants to do is create a very personalized style of leadership, where it seems there is no alternative to Xi Jinping in terms of taking the country forward. The point of comparison is Vladimir Putin who also runs a very personalized style of rule.feedback

Jiao Hanhui

Xi Dada is different from previous leaders. He is a big personality who is tough. The image of China is tougher than before on the world stage, and China has a bigger voice as well.feedback

Zhang Lifan

Conventionally you wouldn't expect adulation on such a scale before a leader assumes the second term, because the second term is usually guaranteed. The propaganda eulogizing Xi is a reflection of his own insecurities around the upcoming party congress.feedback

Bill Bishop

It looks like Xi overstepped his own mandate and surprised many with his own political skill and ruthlessness.feedback

James Mulvenon

No one had the political mojo to pull it off until Xi Jinping, and Xi Jinping only had an anticorruption campaign to use as a hammer. The P.L.A. has known that they have to go to a joint force structure and get rid of the military regions for 25 years, but they had not been able to generate the political will to be able to do that. He was able to do it.feedback

Tai Ming Cheung

He has already demonstrated ahead of the congress his ability to elevate key commanders that are close to him.feedback

Minxin Pei

The control of the military is an ironclad insurance policy for Xi. If Xi has complete control of the military, nobody dares lift a finger.feedback

Xi Jinping

On the entire train everyone was crying, but I was smiling. If I didn't leave, I didn't even know if I'd survive.feedback

Xi Jinping

Liangjiahe gave me everything, and I'll never forget it as long as I live.feedback

Suisheng Zhao

It's a selective memory that is about the glories of collective sacrifice for the revolutionary cause.feedback

Trey McArver

Xi has the perfect résumé. He's a son of the revolution, but not a child of privilege. What Xi's story says clearly is: He is a Communist born and bred, but he also understands the common people.feedback

Guobin Yang

Finding high purpose in suffering always makes a good story. This is one such case. Like Mao, he is from the people, so the future legend might go.feedback

Patricia Thornton

There has been that sea change, and his style of leadership is much more personalist.feedback

Bob Geldof

I am sick of these leaders. I am sick of Putin, I'm sick of Xi Jinping, I'm sick of Trump, I am sick of Erdogan. I loathe these people. I despise these people. How dare they behave in the manner they behave? How dare they?feedback

Donald J. Trump

I applaud China for breaking off all banking relationships with North Korea, something that people would have thought unthinkable even two months ago. I want to thank President Xi [Jinping].feedback

Shaun Rein - China Market Research Group

All the crackdowns are to ensure there's no disturbance to stop what [President] Xi Jinping wants. There can't be any surprises.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I'm very happy that you used the word 'deplorable.' I was very interested in that word. … That's been a very lucky word for me and many millions of people. I want to thank President Xi (Jinping) of China for the very bold … and somewhat unexpected move.feedback

Jerome A. Cohen - Council on Foreign Relations

The situation in the last year has become not better but worse for intellectual life in China … It's a sad time to be an intellectual. It is not simple to get a permanent job abroad as good as the one you have had in China. But with the incentive of not being free to write and speak as they normally would, people scramble for whatever chance they can get. People are trying to cope. But they realise that they have at least five [more years of Xi Jinping] to deal with.feedback

Huang Zhineng

Before, the land was all fragmented. With unified management, the same land can lift incomes. It's a great model for poverty eradication.feedback

Chen Wenzheng

I didn't want to hand it over. I wanted to grow some for myself as insurance. But then everyone handed theirs over, so what can you do?feedback

Qiu Shuixian

It's a good way forward for us. There's no profit in farming the land ourselves.feedback

Tao Yongpan

In recent years earnings from farming were low, everyone let land go fallow. Soil erosion was serious and farmland was left idle. Rural production was on the slide.feedback

Bruce J. Dickson

There is wide recognition that inequality is rising, and improving living standards in rural areas is one way to show the Chinese Communist Party is trying to narrow the gap.feedback

John Delury

There's a lot of domestic politics in North Korea where this young leader who isn't well-known, he's not proven yet, especially has to show that he's not in the pocket of Beijing. I think he made the decision first to keep Hu Jintao and then (current President) Xi Jinping really at bay.feedback

Scott Kennedy

Jiang seems to be very tight with Xi Jinping. The international community doesn't know him very well, but Xi Jinping doesn't seem to worry about that.feedback

Xi Jinping

A dark shadow is looming over the world after more than half a century of peace.feedback

John Delury

They are barrelling ahead on their nuclear and missile programmes and we need to find an off-ramp.feedback

Susan Shirk

Remember, Xi Jinping himself has identified five top leaders who engaged in anti-party activity [on the eve of his taking office]. We don't know who was cooperating with whom. We don't really know how many separate plots there were. But he has publicly identified that risk. He thinks that by consolidating more power for himself he is reducing that risk. I think he is increasing the risk.feedback

Willy Lam

In Chinese tradition, power grows out of the barrel of the gun: whoever has control over the military and the police will be the supreme leader.feedback

Wu Qiang

Sun Zhengcai was a sacrificial object to send a message across the party. Xi Jinping has signaled that he doesn't feel bound by the order of promotion set by the previous generation of leaders.feedback

Jared Genser

Xi Jinping has squeezed so incredibly hard and with no pushback from the international community. The message that is sent to the Chinese is: 'Just do whatever you like. The world will look the other way.feedback

Andrew Collier - Orient Capital Research

The overall message is Xi Jinping is desperate to avoid what he calls 'risks in the system' and what he means by that is he doesn't want anything blowing up in his face before the party conference in the fall. That doesn't mean they're actually going to restrain credit. There's a lot of stuff going on in the economy that (the government) is covering up and they can do that for this year but I don't know about 2018. (There's) a real nervousness about deleveraging, I don't expect to see significant changes until China is forced to adapt to tighter liquidity conditions.feedback

Neil Mellor - BNY Mellon

The question that cannot yet be answered, however, is how the economy will hold up without unrelenting government intervention.feedback

Robert Daly

Xi Jinping will not want to be seen as caving in to foreign pressure in the run-up to the 19th party congress. He won't want to appear weak.feedback

Bonnie Glaser

It is a bit of a loss of face for Xi Jinping – it probably won't be too widely reported [in China]. And maybe it will give Tsai Ing-wen a good laugh.feedback

Bonnie Glaser

My guess is that they have decided at least some of the things that Xi Jinping will do, although maybe they won't talk about it publicly. Xi cannot look like he is making concessions under pressure from Trump. That would certainly be very damaging for him domestically.feedback

Bonnie Glaser

Xi Jinping does not want a rupture in the US-China relationship and there are things that he is willing to do.feedback

Josef Jelinek

What we've actually seen was a toning down of rhetoric over the last few months (following Mar-a-Lago) because I think President Trump genuinely believed that Xi Jinping would be able to do something to rein in North Korea. I think what's happened is that there's been a miscalculation.feedback

Perry Link

He's so frank, he's so honest, and his brain still works and it has been working in prison for seven years now – and we haven't heard what he thinks. I'm sure he would like to speak freely – and I'm sure the government doesn't want him to speak freely, whether it is in China or outside of China. I would love to hear him. Gee, even if he could just speak freely for 24 hours that would be great. He would have incisive views about Xi Jinping, I'm sure.feedback

Shinzo Abe

The latest launch clearly showed that the threat is growing. I'd like to strongly urge international society's cooperation on the North Korea issue and urge China's chairman, Xi Jinping, and Russia's President Putin to take more constructive measures.feedback

Salil Shetty - Amnesty International

Time is running out for Liu Xiaobo. It is not too late for the authorities to end this cruel farce. They must let Liu Xiaobo and his wife, Liu Xia, travel abroad to get the medical treatment he so desperately needs. Liu Xiaobo is an inspiring figure whose only crime was to speak truth to power. He should never have spent a single day in jail, an injustice made even more tragic by the fact that his cancer was not diagnosed until it reached terminal phase. President Xi Jinping must do the right thing and order his immediate release.feedback

Shinzo Abe

Leaders of the world will gather at the G20 meeting. I would like to strongly call for solidarity of the international community on the North Korean issue. I'm also planning to ask (Chinese) President Xi Jinping and (Russian) President (Vladimir) Putin to play a more constructive role.feedback

Willy Lam

This is the first time Xi Jinping or anyone in the leadership has mentioned a 'red line'. It's a warning to the pro-independence or other so-called anti-China elements to not challenge the authority of the central government.feedback

Natalie Nougayrède

The scandalous treatment of nobel prizewinner Liu Xiaobo means Europe has to challenge President Xi over human rights at next week’s G20 summit. Next week Donald Trump and the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, travel to Europe for a G20 summit in Hamburg. Who do you think will attract the most protests? Very probably Trump. But what about attitudes towards the Chinese leader, whose regime is currently preventing the Nobel peace prize winner Liu Xiaobo from travelling freely to receive cancer treatment in a place of his choice? Surely this scandal warrants a strong reaction.feedback

Avery Ng

It is ridiculous for the Chinese government to claim that the joint declaration is a historical document. You don't sign a contract and claim that it is historical the second day after the contract was signed. I believe the UK government has legal, moral and political responsibility to come out and say the right thing. It is not just the Chinese government humiliating the people of Hong Kong but it is that Xi Jinping is humiliating the UK government.feedback

Bruce Klingner

The medium to small banks, could be designated depending on the available evidence. Trump had, I believe a naive view of what President Xi Jinping had agreed to at the Mar-a-Lago summit.feedback

Law Sui-Yung

Xi Jinping's visit is a great chance for us to protest against him. In recent years, especially after he took office, Hong Kong has seriously deteriorated into one of the mainland (Chinese) cities.feedback

Annie Tam

Xi Jinping should release Liu Xiaobo. I respect Liu very much. He really is sacrificing himself for democracy.feedback

Willy Lam

But more emphasis will be put on the harder line. The change of attitudes is more than just the personal thing of Xi Jinping. This reflects the entire paradigm shift between Hong Kong and China.feedback

Wang Yi

It's a really complicated task. That's precisely why China must work on this in a steady way and mustn't fail. If China's carbon market fails, that will be a big blow not just to China but also to global carbon markets.feedback

Wang Yi

Carbon trading on a national scale will send a signal to the world that China is serious about this.feedback

Dan J. Dudek

Every ton of emissions that's going up the stack becomes potentially money lost. It changes people's minds about what was once fundamentally free.feedback

Huw Slater

You start to create vested interests in local government, in industry associations and in other parts of the private sector for more accurate data. In China, you can't really wait until you've got perfect data, because it will never happen.feedback

Stian Reklev

It's a good idea to start with a narrow range of sectors, even if that wasn't the original plan. It's still going to be a massive challenge to make it work. Anyone who thinks that the Chinese scheme will be effective in making big cuts in emissions from the start is going to be disappointed.feedback

Zhang Xiliang

A successful start of a carbon market will greatly enhance China's international standing in responding to climate change.feedback

Ely Ratner

The question we've all been waiting to have answered is, When does President Trump realize that Xi Jinping is not going to deliver North Korea for him, and what does he do when that happens? Otto Warmbier's death accelerates that day of reckoning.feedback

Edward Luce

Many of the tools of modern life are increasingly priced beyond most people's reach. The stability of the planet – and the presumption of restraint – will have to rest in the hands of Xi Jinping and other powerful leaders. The West's crisis is real, structural and likely to persist. Nothing is inevitable. Some of what ails the West is within our power to fix.feedback

David Bandurski

Generally, China's leaders have been obsessed with the containment of negative coverage, and under Xi Jinping we've seen a rather dramatic decline in serious coverage by China's media. What we're now seeing is a war on the nonserious. It's no longer enough for media content to avoid the negative,'. It must be adequately positive.feedback

Jerry Brown

It's highly significant that the governor of California can meet with the president of China, talking about very specific issues on the foremost challenge of our time – namely, climate change. He expressed very positive feelings about the role of California, about America and Chinese cooperation, and about the role of China in dealing with the larger problems of humanity. California's leading, China's leading. It's true I didn't come to Washington, I came to Beijing. Well, someday I'm going to go to Washington, but not this week. I think there is a good feeling between us.feedback

Ivo Daalder

Xi Jinping is sitting in Beijing and can't believe what's happening to him. The United States' retreat from leadership means China can move in America's wake. We're seeing the possibility of a shift in global leadership, away from Washington and the United States toward Beijing and China.feedback

Maya Wang - Human Rights Watch

Under president Xi Jinping, the Chinese government has promulgated new laws, as well as increased surveillance, to tighten control over these groups. The fact that they were investigating Ivanka Trump's brand likely add to this heightened level of official scrutiny.feedback

Rodrigo Duterte

We intend to drill [for] oil there. If it's yours, well, that's your view; but my view is, I can drill the oil, if there is some inside the bowels of the Earth, because it's ours. His response to me [was], We're friends. We don't want to quarrel with you. We want to maintain the present warm relationship. But if you force the issue, we'll go to war.feedback

Xi Jinping

Economic growth is not on solid ground ... Economic globalisation is encountering some headwinds. Development has become more uneven – not to mention the other challenges that overshadow the world economy such as wars, conflicts, terrorism and a massive flow of refugees and migrants. Confronted by these challenges many countries are pondering the way forwards ... [but] in a world of growing interdependence and challenges ... no country can tackle all the challenges or solve the world's problems on its own.feedback

Michael McCarthy

The announcement over the weekend by China's President Xi Jinping of details of its expansionary trade policy could overwhelm any influences from Friday night trading. The commitment of funds to specific trade platforms is a positive for the region and may lift investor sentiment.feedback

Dmitri S. Peskov

While Mr. Putin was waiting for a bilateral meeting with Xi Jinping, the president studied some papers, prepared for the meeting and also played piano.feedback

Brigitte Zypries

So far, the demands of the EU countries in areas such as free trade, setting a level playing field and equal conditions have not been met. If these demands are not met, then we cannot sign. We'll see what happens tomorrow.feedback

Matt Pottinger

Transparency will ensure that privately-owned companies can bid in a fair process, and that the cost of participating in tenders will be worth the investment.feedback

Xi Jinping

We have no intention to form a small group that would dismantle stability but we hope to create a big family of harmonious coexistence.feedback

Joerg Wuttke

The opening up of China for foreign businesses is still timid.feedback

Thomas P. Miller

This is another chance for Xi Jinping to strut his stuff on the global stage and burnish his leadership credentials. Withdrawing from the TPP left a void at the heart of economic leadership in Asia, and Xi Jinping is trying to jump into that void.feedback

Donald J. Trump

The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.feedback

Jiang Kejuan

China will take the lead in dealings on climate change issues. This has been repeated by China's leaders.feedback

Barack Obama

It's important that big countries that are big emitters like the US and China ... lead the way. The current administration has differences with my administration in terms of environmental policy. The good news is the private sector has already made a determination that the future is clean energy. Those things are locked in now, into the energy sector. Because of the debates taking place in the current administration the steps may be taken more slowly than they would have been done, but I'm confident.feedback

Simon Jenkins

The threat of conflict is no property negotiation, but the president is conducting it with all his skills as a dealer, craving the eventual shake of the hand. So Kim Jong-un is just a 27-year-old millennial for whom it must have been “very hard” to lead his country at such an age. His ally, China’s president Xi Jinping, is a “very good man who I got to know really well and loves his country”. He is trying hard to resolve the “very difficult” Korean crisis. Of course Xi “doesn’t want to see turmoil and death and would like to do something to resolve things”. But “perhaps it’s possible he can’t”. So muses Donald Trump at the end of “opening bids” of his North Korean crisis.feedback

Tsai Ing-wen

I hope Chairman Xi Jinping, as a leader of a large country and who sees himself as a leader, can show a pattern and flexibility, use a different angle to look at cross-strait relations, and allow the future of cross-strait ties to have a different kind of pattern. Why not say we both are facing a new exam. We also look forward to China using a different perspective to face this new exam. China now needs to have its own sense of responsibility. My first feeling was that this is a new [Trump] government and perhaps under this new government there will be many different possibilities that appear.feedback

Tsai Ing-wen

We have the opportunity to communicate more directly with the U.S. government. We don't exclude the opportunity to call President Trump himself, but it depends on the needs of the situation and the U.S. government's consideration of regional affairs. China now needs to have its own sense of responsibility. I hope Chairman Xi Jinping, as a leader of a large country and who sees himself as a leader, can show a pattern and flexibility, use a different angle to look at cross-Strait relations, and allow the future of cross-Strait ties to have a different kind of pattern.feedback

Peter Baker - The New York Times

But President Xi [Jinping], from the time I took office, he has not, they have not been currency manipulators.feedback

Donald J. Trump

As far as North Korea is concerned, we are in very good shape. I respect [President Xi Jinping] very much, and I think he's working very hard… Some very unusual moves have been made over the past two or three hours and I really have confidence that the president will try very hard.feedback

Jamie Gorelick

The federal ethics rules do not require you to recuse from any matter concerning a foreign country just because a business that you have an ownership interest in has a trademark application pending there. Ivanka will recuse from particular matters where she has a conflict of interest or where the White House counsel determines her participation would present appearance or impartiality concerns.feedback

Paul Haenle

I think Beijing is prepared to tighten the screws – but only so much. There's no question that Xi Jinping strongly dislikes, even probably detests, Kim Jong Un and wants to resolve this issue.feedback

David Ignatius

I finished the libretto a year ago, at a time when it still seemed unlikely that Donald Trump would be president. But we were already surrounded by Donald Trump-like figures in our world: Putin in Russia, Xi Jinping in China, Erdogan in Turkey. The big man who speaks in a way that people imagine Machiavelli's princes would are all over, and Trump is just the latest. The challenge was just irresistible.feedback

Paul Haenle

The evolution toward a more constructive relationship is certainly welcome. But I think the big question is whether or not it can this be sustained once the Chinese begin to underperform on trade or North Korea as times goes on. Will Trump be willing to confront his new friend Xi Jinping in order to defend U.S. interests?feedback

Cai Zhengsun

If a war starts, then the situation on the peninsula will completely get chaotic. When Xi Jinping spoke with the U.S. president, he mentioned maintaining the peace on the peninsula. (Xi) won't allow any attacks. Although the U.S. is the world's hegemonic power, it wouldn't dare to take actions.feedback

Marc Ginsberg

I think the signal is as much a follow up to his meeting with [Chinese] President Xi [Jinping] as it is to his warning to Pyongyang. The fact that we may see another nuclear test by the regime while the carrier group gathers around the Korean Peninsula, it almost reminds you – I hate to harken back to this – but it reminds you of the 1962 Cuban missile crisis.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

(Chinese) President Xi (Jinping) clearly understands, and I think agrees, that the situation has intensified and has reached a certain level of threat that action has to be taken.feedback

Ed Rogers

I don’t want to jinx anything, but President Trump may be experiencing the best sequence of events since he became president. Just this week, he received bipartisan support for his military strike in Syria, secured Judge Neil Gorsuch’s Senate confirmation to the Supreme Court, had impressive meetings with both King Abdullah II of Jordan and President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi of Egypt, caught a break with the Susan Rice scandal, and it appears he has walked away from a successful encounter with Chinese President Xi Jinping - all without knocking it off the rails with a wayward tweet. And it’s not just me saying that, no less than Council on Foreign Relations President Richard Haass wrote that this was “arguably [the] best of Donald Trump’s still young presidency, from [a] successful strike in Syria to confirmation of his Supreme Court nominee.” Imagine that, decisive and poised presidential action from the president himself.feedback

Zhang Haibin

The two have very different ambitions: Xi Jinping has global ambitions to lead the world and Trump is still stuck at the national level.feedback

Zhang Haibin

Trump's team is very anxious; they are facing a lot of resistance at home with Congress and protests. The two leaders' domestic political situation isn't the same: Xi Jinping is 'the core' and China is very stable. Trump has yet to establish his authority in the US and is facing a divided society.feedback

Li Yonghui

China needs to understand the attitude of the United States, Trump's real intentions and use that to form the basis of developing relations. Right now there's a lot of uncertainty in the relationship, and both countries need to find some common ground in this meeting. In economic terms, China may make certain concessions, but it's still unclear how far China will go.feedback

Bonnie Glaser

Xi does not need to get very much; the mere fact of the meeting looks good and will play well domestically in China. It demonstrates he has a good relationship with the new president and can maintain a stable relationship with the US.feedback

Diane Von Furstenberg

Our First Lady Michelle Obama has been wonderful at promoting our designers, so we were surprised and a little disappointed not to be represented for this major state dinner.feedback

David Dollar

Just a couple of weeks ago we were thinking that Trump might be building a better relationship with Russia and he was saying all kinds of very hostile things to China. And now, in the initial press reports out of Florida, he's talking about his friendship with Xi Jinping and clearly this action in Syria is making Putin and Russia unhappy. The U.S. did warn the Russians about this. I think U.S. went out of its way not to hit any Russian forces but still, this is the kind of intervention that the Russians will be unhappy about.feedback

David Dollar

I think it actually raises the importance of the North Korea issue. Remember Kim Jung Un recently used a nerve agent to assassinate his half brother, allegedly, in Malaysia, showing the U.S. it is willing to do military action unilaterally… I think it definitely raises the stakes for China in looking at what the states might do about North Korea. I don't think it's deliberately aimed at China but obviously the U.S. felt it didn't need to wait until after that summit. They didn't hesitate to do it in the middle of the summit so that's sending a certain kind of message to Xi Jinping.feedback

Robert A. Kapp

The best outcome would be something that makes Donald Trump look good, even look good to himself and that makes President Xi Jinping look good to the people watching in China. it's a optical matter rather than a substance matter.feedback

Nicholas Burns

These are the two most important leaders of the world. Frankly, building some kind of relationship with Xi Jinping ought to be the first priority. That's a tall order. But I think the Trump administration is right to go there. I don't think the United States can or should go it alone. We have two very important allies in Japan and South Korea.feedback

Urgyen Badheytsang - Students for a Free Tibet

We are asking the Trump administration to see Tibet as a barometer, to see Tibet as an indicator of China's track record and to basically sternly oppose their human rights record and look to resolve these outstanding issues.feedback

Elizabeth Economy - Council on Foreign Relations

The Chinese are committed for their own reasons, including air quality at home and using that as a launch pad for decreasing their CO2 emissions.feedback

Scott Kennedy

Expectations are amazingly high for a meeting that is taking place only 75 days after President Trump has come into office. Xi Jinping is looking for more to walk away with in this meeting in terms of promises than the other way around.feedback

Scott Kennedy

That can't be waved away with a single hand of Xi Jinping.feedback

David Dollar

There's no way in this short time frame that you can get any big agreement between the U.S. and China. That said, there's something to be said for meeting early in that each side could make clear to the other, what are the key issues.feedback

Jonathon Pollack

We're asking them to be forward leaning, to take risks, and they're very wary of that.feedback

Max Baucus

[The Chinese] know that you cannot conduct foreign policy by Twitter, by tweeting, and brashness. That's going to tick them off. I think it's a huge mistake for the United States to drop TPP. By us not passing TPP, it creates a vacuum and guess what? China is filling the vacuum.feedback

Jonathon Pollack

There's a potential here for a crisis of unimaginable consequences. The Chinese know it, we know it. The question is: is there a enough shared concern...that you can think about much more of an activation of this cooperation between the U.S. and China?feedback

Max Baucus

It's really important because chances are something nutty is going to happen in the world, something crazy, totally unexpected. The two of them are going to have to get on the phone and talk a little bit, or at least their top people are going to have to start talking to each other.feedback

David Dollar

It'd be a mistake to make too much of an issue about it, considering that's an issue where they're being cooperative.feedback

Xi Jinping

The Paris Agreement is a hard-won achievement which is in keeping with the underlying trend of global development.feedback

Lee Hardman - The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ

It's a bit of a mixed picture. Some downside risk (for the dollar) on the upcoming meeting between Chinese president Xi Jinping and Trump ... but to be honest, so far it's been the case that his (Trump's) rhetoric is a lot worse than his policy actions.feedback

Zhang Haibin

Chinese people love nepotism, we're very good at it. Chinese people have been using social networks and influential relationships to facilitate business and political dealings for thousands of years.feedback

Bonnie Glaser

Both these guys are strong willed people and overly self confident.feedback

Bonnie Glaser

It demonstrates he has a good relationship with the new president and can maintain a stable relationship with the US. Xi doesn't have any big asks, whereas Trump does.feedback

Dan Washburn

I think there's a long list of things that Donald Trump will not be able to get Xi Jinping to do, and I'd put playing golf close to the top. The last, and only, Chinese leader to be open about his golfing habit was in power back in the 1980s, and he spent the last 15 years of his life under house arrest.feedback

Lukman Otunuga

Much attention will be directed towards Donald Trump's pending meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Any complications or tension in the meeting could spark risk aversion consequently pressuring stock markets.feedback

Jude Blanchette

Many of the same ideas now animating the global populist movement have been the hallmarks of the neo-Maoist movement for over a decade. The neo-Maoists have also clearly benefited from the rise of Xi Jinping, as he has blasted a pretty large dog whistle in their direction.feedback

Michael Hewson - CMC Markets

Despite the solid gains seen so far this year, there is some evidence that the rally in U.S. markets is looking a little tired given President Trump's trials and tribulations in Congress. The reflation trade is likely to face a new test this week when President Trump entertains the Chinese leader Xi-Jinping at his Mar-a-Lago golf course in Florida, which in the words of President Trump himself could be a little 'difficult.feedback

Graham Allison

It may not be apparent when President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping meet beneath the towering palms and crystal chandeliers at Mar-a-Lago this coming week, but the nations they lead are on a collision course for war. An irresistibly rising China is challenging the United States’ accustomed dominance. Consider that the U.S. share of [].feedback

Donald J. Trump

The meeting next week with China will be a very difficult one in that we can no longer have massive trade deficits and job losses. American companies must be prepared to look at other alternatives.feedback

Josh Rogin

The Chinese are squeezing South Korea for deploying U.S. missile defense, and it's a test for Trump as well.feedback

Bruce Bennett - Rand Corporation

There will certainly be pressure from the Trump administration to deal with [missile tests] and rein it in.feedback

Derek Scissors

If it isn't primarily about North Korea, it's a mistake. The administration is not really prepared to engage China on a broad number of issues.feedback

John Pomfret

It’s totally premature to have a summit with China early next month. The Trump administration clearly has no China policy and so meeting with China’s leader, Xi Jinping, at this juncture makes no sense. In fact, it could do more harm than good to America’s relations with China.feedback

Feng Chongyi

Since Xi Jinping came to office, he has not only failed to lead China forward in reform and opening up and constitutional government, he has made an historical U-turn.feedback

Jennifer Rubin

The symbolism is awful. “U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will skip a planned meeting of North Atlantic Treaty Organization foreign ministers next month, while also arranging a visit to Russia, the State Department said. Mr. Tillerson’s travel schedule, which also revolves around a planned U.S. visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping, is raising questions at home and abroad as the Trump administration’s intentions toward Moscow and NATO remain under close scrutiny.”.feedback

John Zhao

If you listen to President Xi [Jinping], he made a remarkable speech at Davos and he is advocating globalization, addressing some of the problems past globalizations had cost. And if you listen to that blueprint, it's all about more trade, more globalization. Immediately it has some setbacks: When the money doesn't flow, the deal stops. I think a lot of these adjustments are really meant for better development. But then, as a tactician you need to be aware of that, so the money flow restriction has had an impact to the deals and things have slowed down, and we'll just see what happens.feedback

Shi Yinhong

Tillerson will repeat many times this is no threat to China, but Xi won't believe it. Maybe Xi will broaden the punishment against North Korea somewhat, at the cost of further damaging relations with North Korea. We have punished North Korea many times, and Kim Jong-un hates China more and more. Maybe China will take some small steps to shut down a few trading companies, but not all.feedback

David Albright

Until today, North Korea has been able to advance its nuclear programs by buying in China, having little fear of having controlled or uncontrolled nuclear related goods stopped prior to reaching North Korea. One hopes the Trump administration will succeed in pressing China to take the types of enforcement steps against commodity trafficking taken years ago in the West.feedback

Wang Dong

It can help remove uncertain factors caused by Mr Trump's remarks after he took the office.feedback

Cheng Xiaohe

The Chinese government should feel angry, unhappy and disappointed.feedback

Joseph Fewsmith

My assumption is that Xi Jinping will emerge as even stronger following the party congress, so this is more about picking his team. Xi is clearly interested in and keen to leave his marks and make changes. I don't think he made himself 'chairman of everything' just for the sake of it.feedback

Frances Eve

It has been worsening every year since Xi Jinping came to power and this past year has been no different.feedback

Yao Yang

The U.S-China relationships are going to have a lot of impact.feedback

Stephen Orlins

Xi Jinping has been confronted with a lot of resistance to these reforms.feedback

Scott Kennedy

The campaign for the PBOC governor is more important. It would be a reflection of Xi's ability to consolidate power.feedback

Michael Hirson

It is certainly safe to say that economics are very, very important to Xi just given the economic pressures that are building in China in areas like debt and China's broader political stability.feedback

Gal Luft

We don't have sufficient informal channels right now, partly because there are no people in the Trump's team liaising specifically with Beijing to conduct high trust conversations. But that can be done once you find the right people. The phone call is not good enough. With Trump, you need to sit down and get to know him and engage in a deeper level of communication. When you have an atmosphere of friendship, everything looks much easier to solve. In an atmosphere of acrimony, every small thing could evolve into a big fight.feedback

Steve Tsang

We are many months away from the Hamburg summit. Will Trump leave his rather strong and worrying campaign promises over China alone in the meantime? No one knows.feedback

James Woolsey

The key is to not get bogged down in rhetoric, but to start working together on getting things done.feedback

Gal Luft

I would argue that the first five minutes of the meeting is the most critical part because we are dealing with two alpha males here. They need to understand each other, but more important, like each other.feedback

James Woolsey

If we can somehow get the people from the two governments ... into a world in which they are working together to start to get things built, a lot of the agonies will go away, or at least be damped down.feedback

Yuan Peng

This is the most urgent thing for both countries to work at in the near future. All of a sudden, if something happens, who do we contact? That's the biggest risk in the next few months. So my suggestion is for two top leaders to find some ways to meet as soon as possible because both Trump and Xi are quite unique and strong leaders.feedback

Gal Luft

Personal chemistry that will emerge, or not, from this will define the relationship and I cannot over emphasise this point. If they like each other, they can do business together and call each other when things are not right. But if the chemistry is not that good, then the relationship will develop in a totally different trajectory.feedback

Yuan Peng

[It] largely depends on Trump because we have made it very clear that our leader will attend both G20 and Apec. As long as Trump shows up, we will try our best to arrange bilateral talks for the leaders.feedback

Alastair Newton

After last week's phone call with Chinese President Xi Jinping, I suspect that his first move will be to talk to China and bring Beijing to apply pressure on North Korea. The positive call [with Xi] means Trump is more prepared to work with China rather than lash out. It will be interesting to see what China will do. We may be going to the UN with this issue.feedback

Ed Hyman - Evercore ISI

I think he's tough, but I think he knows that China is not a pinata. He can beat up Mexico. It looks to me as though they're doing a pretty good job of advancing, but doing it in a fairly diplomatic way, as the letter to President Xi [Jinping] showed and the phone call today.feedback

Zhao Kejin

For China, any card can be played except the card of Taiwan. I don't see Trump's expression on the issue as unusual since violating the 'one China' policy would harm U.S. interests.feedback

Chu Yin

A friendly signal is better than a provocation. He sent a letter rather than make a phone call, so Trump may still want to keep his distance from China.feedback

Lu Kang

The two countries share wide common interests, and cooperation is the only correct path.feedback

Rodrigo Duterte

I made a commitment to President Xi Jinping, I made a solemn commitment that we will talk about this arbitral award during my term. When, I really do not know, but we will talk hard.feedback

Xi Jinping

It is true that economic globalization has created new problems, but this is no justification to write economic globalization off completely. Rather, we should adapt to and guide economic globalization, cushion its negative impact, and deliver its benefits to all countries and all nations. Pursuing protectionism is like locking oneself in a dark room. While wind and rain may be kept outside, that dark room will also block light and air. No one will emerge as a winner in a trade war.feedback

Paul Rawlinson

Asia is still the powerhouse for growth. Obviously China we heard about their vision for globalization. We're in China, we are growing in China and we see real opportunities for both Chinese domestic work … but also outbound work from Chinese companies.feedback

Paul Rawlinson

I think you heard yesterday from the President himself, that they have found a way for making globalization work for China and this is the next iteration. Having that center stage yesterday explaining the vision for China, it's coming into a new era.feedback

Xi Jinping

It is true that economic globalization has created new problems, but this is no justification to write off economic globalization altogether. We must remain committed to developing free trade and investment, promoting liberalization and facilitation through opening up, and saying no to protectionism.feedback

Mimpara Dhakyel

We are really concerned (about) how our government, our own government treats us, doesn't permit us to demonstrate.feedback

Nicholas Consonery - FTI Consulting

This is a story happening across Asia, but China is a big part of it.feedback

Nicholas Consonery - FTI Consulting

We tend to see China as a country that has benefited enormously from globalization.feedback

Alys Spensley

President Tsai's transit through the United States is based on long-standing U.S. practice and is consistent with the unofficial nature of our relations with Taiwan. There is no change to the U.S. one China' policy.feedback

Jim McCaughan

The Chinese are really preoccupied with the One China policy … That rapprochement between the U.S. and China - the fact that business has been pretty flexible between the two - has been very important to both economies and actually quite positive.feedback

Dennis Wilder

Xi Jinping has to respond to this internally, domestically, and while he doesn't want an open fight with Trump, he will have to show ... resolve.feedback

Robert Daly

This is not a bargaining chip that you use to come closer to getting your ideal set of circumstances regarding trade matters, human rights or anything else. To withdraw from the one China policy is to renounce formal relations with China. Then there's no basis to discuss any of these issues.feedback

Geng Shuang

China expresses serious concern on this subject. If the [one China policy] is compromised or interfered with, any sound and steady development in China-U.S. relations and cooperation in various fields is out of the question.feedback

Bonnie Glaser

The U.S. needs as much direct access to Xi Jinping as possible …Gov. Brandstad met Xi in 1985 and has sustained that relationship. He will likely have access to Xi when necessary, and will be critical.feedback

Patrick Cronin - Center for a New American Security

I don't think anyone is a drinking buddy of Xi Jinping, but familiarity is useful and could advance U.S. diplomacy.feedback

Walter Lohman

It doesn't mean we're going to poke the Chinese in the eye; it doesn't mean we're going to change the 'One China policy'. But it does mean we will reform our Taiwan policy to reflect reality.feedback

Mike Pence

I think I would just say to our counterparts in China that this was a moment of courtesy. The President-elect talked to President Xi (Jinping) two weeks ago in the same manner that was not a discussion about policy.feedback

Ned Price

There is no change to our longstanding policy on cross-Strait issues. We remain firmly committed to our 'one China' policy based on the three Joint Communiques and the Taiwan Relations Act. Our fundamental interest is in peaceful and stable cross-Strait relations.feedback

Julie Bishop

There is... an overall anti-corruption agenda of (Chinese) President Xi Jinping and gambling is one of the areas of interest to them. We are subject to the laws of China, we are subject to the laws of the country that we are visiting or we are operating in.feedback

Miguel Chanco - Association of Southeast Asian Nations

China's continued support of Cambodia, both economically and in the arena of international politics, will mean that the Hun Sen regime is unlikely to soften its heavy-handedness anytime soon.feedback

Alastair Campbell

Undoubtedly, there are poorly constructed and designed buildings in China, particularly due to historically poor application and oversight of planning and building laws. However, I suspect that the application of laws has probably been tightened and standards enforced since the anti-corruption drive initiated by President Xi Jinping in 2012. The penalties for breaching building laws can be severe.feedback

Xi Jinping

In regard to capacity cuts, China's measure is the strongest and most practical, and we will fulfill our promises.feedback

Xi Jinping

To seek harmony and coexistence has been in the genes of the Chinese nation throughout history and it represents the very essence of eastern civilisation. The logic that a strong country is bound to seek hegemony no longer applies and the willful use of force will lead nowhere.feedback

Mark Rutte

Bilateral, inter-regional trade flows between Asia and Europe are already the largest worldwide. So we depend on each other. That's a fact. For example, financial stability in the Eurozone directly influences growth rate in Asian countries. And the rise of a prosperous middle-class in a large part of Asia is crucial for Europe's future.feedback

Sidney Rittenberg

My impression of Xi Jinping is quite positive. First, because I knew his father very well. His father was a very good man in my opinion, probably the most democratic-minded member of the old party leadership.feedback

Fabien Farge

A gala dinner in Lyon with city authorities marks the first official part of President Xi Jinping's three-day state visit to France. And he is staying in the city on Wednesday, visiting the Franco-Chinese Institute and a major laboratory belonging to a biotechnology firm.feedback

Angela Merkel

An important contribution to our discussion was the dialogue on human rights, and naturally we spoke about it again today, and I made my point of view very clear: that broad and free expression of opinion is a very important element to promote a society's creativity, be it in research, culture or civil society.feedback

Barack Obama

We also have a whole range of challenges on which we have to cooperate from North Korea's nuclear missile programmes to proliferation to issues like climate change, international economic order where nations are playing by the same rules, where trade is free and fair and where the United States and China work together to address issues like cyber security and protection of intellectual properties.feedback

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