Trump should bring 'A-game' in meeting with Xi: analyst

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 07 2017 04:26 PM | Updated as of Apr 07 2017 04:39 PM

United States President Donald Trump should bring his “A-game” when he meets his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on Thursday, an analyst said.

The two leaders are set to meet for the first time to discuss a number of issues ranging from trade to North Korea’s missile testing.

“I think Trump should bring his ‘A-game’ way better than how he has been dealing with other foreign leaders in previous weeks,” foreign affairs analyst Richard Heydarian said in an interview on ANC’s “Early Edition.”

Heydarian added that he expects the meeting to be a “test of wills” and a “moment of truth” to know how far Trump is wiling to go to get concessions from China on a wide range of issues.

“The thing is this - there are two levels of interaction here. First level is how the two leaders will communicate the summit to their domestic audience… Second layer of interaction or struggle would be what would be substantive areas of agreements or cooperation that the two sides can look at,” he said.

Heydarian explains that North Korea, which is seen by most analysts as a dividing factor between Washington and Beijing could rather serve as a “glue” for the two countries who want to put an end to nuclear testing activities.

“There’s a possibility that it could serve some sort of a glue rather than area of divergence between the two sides,” he said.

Heydarian notes that the two sides should go for a “win-win” solution in several issues since the public would be keeping an eye on whether agreements reached at the meeting would go beyond rhetoric.

ANC, April 6, 2017