Editorial: Taiwan needs to watch Trump and Xi

Taiwan News
Date: 2017/04/06
By: Taiwan News, Staff Writer

United States President Donald Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping will meet face to

FILE – This combination of file photos shows Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, on Jan. 17, 2017, in Davos, Switzerland, and U.S. President Donald Trump on March 28, 2017, in Washington. China said Thursday, March 30, 2017, Xi and Trump will meet at the latter’s Florida resort on April 6-7. It will be the first in-person meeting between the two. (AP Photo/Files)

face for the first time Thursday local time at the former’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida for discussions expected to reverberate for years beyond.

As usual with such summits, Taiwan is mindful that it will become one of the topics of conversation, with potential ramifications for its international status.

This time, Taiwan has been worried more than usual, mostly due to the new U.S. president’s unorthodox style and personality, but also because of Xi’s aggressive disposition on international affairs and his rough treatment of Taiwan since the country elected Tsai Ing-wen as its president last year.

Yet, at first sight, it looks like the possibility of a U.S.-China trade war and North Korea’s behavior will push Taiwan far down the list of topics for the two-day get-together.    [FULL  STORY]

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