Setting the Tone for Sino-US Relations
During November 8-10, 2017, U.S. President Donald Trump, made his first state visit to China as part of a larger tour to five Asian capitals. The state visit, taking place within weeks of the 19th CPC National Congress, came amidst challenging times for Sino-US relations. Well known friction points have included China’s trade surplus with the U.S. (and President Trump’s oft stated views about the fact that this is not fair to the U.S.), the situation with North Korea, Taiwan and the South China Sea. The state visit itself, described as a “state visit plus”, consisted of a combination of cultural activities, photo opportunities, business summits, deal signings, behind-closed-door meetings, press conference and a state banquet. The visit was portrayed by the governments of both countries as a constructive engagement at the highest levels that will hopefully set the tone for cordial dialogue and alignment on key issues in the coming years. This report below provides a brief overview of the outcomes and implications of this state visit.