The summit between US President Donald Trump and China’s President Xi Jinping at Mar-A-Lago on 6-7 April was never likely to produce a new strategic vision for bilateral relations. Such a thing has eluded the two countries since the end of the Cold War, which supplied a common enemy in the Soviet Union.
Instead, the last three decades have chiefly been about managing the relationship, with growing economic interdependence sitting alongside geopolitical differences. Last week’s summit showed that some of this dynamic is set to continue under President Trump. Despite encouraging signals on trade cooperation, Trump’s authorization of a missile strike in Syria in the middle of the summit clearly highlights the gulf between the two countries’ leaderships on how to handle global security issues.… Seguir leyendo »