— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) April 9, 2017
You can just tell from their photos together these two men had excellent chemistry. pic.twitter.com/7wNeCbWCjl
— Bill Mitchell (@mitchellvii) April 9, 2017
(If by ‘chemistry’ you mean ‘they’re both thinking about the really strong hand sanitizer’)
The Washington Post:
PALM BEACH, Fla. — The United States and China wrapped up a two-day presidential summit here by announcing a 100-day plan to improve strained trade ties and boost cooperation between the rival nations…
Trump aides who participated in the talks described a productive first meeting between the leaders, saying they exhibited “positive” chemistry. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said the two sides agreed to speed up trade talks to help close a lopsided imbalance in China’s favor, a common campaign-trail complaint of Trump’s.
Trump advisers said the goal, at least from the U.S. side, was to increase American exports to China. But they offered no details about how they planned to achieve that.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said there was “acknowledgment” from the Chinese side “that we do need to get to a more balanced trade environment.”
But the surprise U.S. military response to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s apparent chemical weapons attack on civilians threw a wild card into the summit…
Serious readers only: “Trump had his first big foreign policy challenge. So what did we learn?”
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) April 8, 2017
"Guess what I just did. Come on, guess. It's tremendous. Brian Williams will go insane for this." https://t.co/6NNtfb5HVc
— Schooley (@Rschooley) April 8, 2017
Evan Osnos, in the New Yorker:
… Trump always promised to behave this way—“We’re so predictable. We’re like bad checker players,” he said during the campaign—but, for China, handling the new President just got more complicated.
There are many reasons for China to be unhappy. In terms of politics, the attack upstaged a carefully choreographed political pageant, intended for a Chinese audience, portraying Xi as the most important item on the American agenda this week. In terms of strategy, China gets hives whenever the U.S. unilaterally attacks another country—Beijing half-wonders if someday that country will be China—and, in this case, China has repeatedly rejected United Nations Security Council resolutions against Syria’s leader, Bashar al-Assad. Trump’s snap decision to attack will force Chinese officials to reappraise a figure whom they had come to see as clownish and manageable.
In the short term, the big question is whether Trump’s timing will encourage the Chinese to be more aggressive in pressuring North Korea to curb its nuclear program… In the medium and long term, China now has a larger concern: if the emerging Trump doctrine permits him to attack at will—even between the appetizer and dessert—putting some pressure on North Korea might be Beijing’s more desirable option. But it must now also prepare for four years of an American President whose strategy and doctrine can change from one week to the next. In the field of national security, unpredictability is usually the favored tactic of small powers, not large ones. “A superpower should want to convey reasonableness but implacability when your interests are crossed,” a Bush-era White House official told me. “Trump constantly emphasizes unpredictability. Well, unpredictability makes sense if you’re Kim Jong-un, because you’re so weak.”…
First Ladies Melania Trump & Peng Liyuan visit a middle school, are “treated” to a musical performance. pic.twitter.com/s27EtiHGQn
— ian bremmer (@ianbremmer) April 8, 2017
— Adam Khan (@Khanoisseur) April 8, 2017
Left: Obama/Xi 2015 meeting dinner menu
— Hayes Brown (@HayesBrown) April 6, 2017