Trump Receives Hero’s Welcome In Beijing As Chinese Roll Out The Red Carpet

Wednesday, November 8, 2017
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
Nov 8, 2017

Ever since President Donald Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping shared a slice of chocolate cake at Mar-a-Lago in April, many have speculated about the burgeoning “bromance” between two of the world’s most powerful men.

Well, if anybody had any doubts about thelr “special relationship”, the opulent welcome that the Trump’s received upon landing in Beijing should put them to rest.

A red carpet, military band and flag-waving children met Trump and first lady Melania Trump when they arrived in Beijing. That greeting – which included far more pageantry than is typically bestowed on visiting foreign leaders – was followed by a tour of China’s Forbidden City accompanied by Xi and his wife, Peng Liyuan. Following that, they took in an opera performance. Trump also reportedly showed Xi video clips of his grandchildren singing in Chinese. Indeed, a video of Ivanka Trump’s daughter Arabella reciting a Chinese poem went viral on Chinese social media shortly after Trump’s election last year.

The Chinese have promised that Trump would receive what they call a “state visit plus” – with the Trump’s being accorded courtesies that are rarely bestowed on foreign leaders.

That’s something!” Trump said after the show, as he and Xi walked away. “We’re having a great time.”

As Reuters points out, while the sprawling palace complex in the center of Beijing – where Chinese emperors ruled for more than 500 years – is a regular stop for visiting dignitaries, it is rare for a Chinese leader to provide a personal escort, confirmation of the “state visit-plus” treatment that China had promised for Trump.

In another unusual step, Trump’s official ceremonial welcome at the Great Hall of the People on Thursday will be broadcast live on national television, state broadcaster CCTV said.

The state visit, which will meld intimate sit-downs with Xi alongside state dinners and gala events joined by 40 US business leaders, is China’s answer to his hosting Xi at Mar a Lago earlier this year. The main event is on Thursday, when Trump and Xi are scheduled to hold a bilateral meeting and make joint statements to reporters. Trump is also expected to deliver a speech to Communist Party officials.

While the flattery will presumably go a long way toward appeasing Trump, administration officials reminded US media that the president has two difficult policy objectives that he hopes to accomplish before moving on to the next stop in his five-nation, 12-day tour of the continent.

Those issues include coaxing China to more strictly enforce the UN Security council sanctions that were imposed on the North in August and September, following provocative missile and nuclear tests by the Kim regime. As Bloomberg points out, the stop is by far the most important part of Trump’s trip, given that he believes China is central to reining in North Korea. And Trump’s personal brand of diplomacy – which is heavily reliant on interpersonal relationships – will be tested by his ability to come away with Chinese promises to halt what he sees as predatory trade practices.

In remarks to reporters on Air Force One on Sunday, Trump rejected assertions he was entering the summit in a weakened state. He cited a soaring stock market, low unemployment, a strengthened military and gains against Islamic State in the Middle East.

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