President Donald Trump visits China

President Donald Trump is in China today, praising the relationship between the two countries.  It appears to be part of a diplomatic strategy to flatter the country's president into using his leverage to resolve the North Korean nuclear crisis.

An elaborate welcome ceremony for President Trump outside Beijing's Great Hall of the People.  Cannons, military bands and some very excited children lined the streets.  Later, China's President, Xi, and his wife hosting the president and first lady for an opulent state dinner, the room decorated in gold from floor to ceiling. 

The leaders were shown a video with a timeline of their relationship from their first meeting at the President's Club in Florida to today in Beijing.  Between the ceremonial events, the two leaders got down to business, with several thorny issues on their agenda. 

China was a favorite target for Mr. Trump during the presidential campaign. Trump saying previously, "we can't continue to allow China to rape our country... It's the greatest theft in the history of the world...  They are getting away with murder."

Sitting next to President Xi in Beijing, a major change in tone, saying now, "I don't blame China. (applause) after all, who can blame a country for being able to take advantage of another country on behalf of its citizens; I give China great credit".

Trump blaming his predecessors for allowing the trade deficit to balloon.  The other big issue, the nuclear standoff with North Korea. Trump pushing for a greater commitment from China saying, "China can fix this problem easily and quickly". 

President Trump called on President Xi to use China's significant influence as North Korea's biggest economic partner.  The president said if Xi works hard on it, it will happen.  

 

 

--Karen Traver, ABC News


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