World Trump steps up praise for Xi ahead of China visit

09:34  08 november  2017
09:34  08 november  2017 Source:   AFP

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But analysts said Trump 's praise of Xi is an attempt to molify the Chinese leader ahead of complicated talks on China 's massive trade surplus with the United States and Beijing's economic ties to North Korea. By praising Xi , Trump is "trying to set up a congenial atmosphere", Schell said.

But analysts said Trump ’s praise of Xi is an attempt to molify the Chinese leader ahead of complicated talks on China ’s massive trade surplus with the United States and Beijing’s economic ties to North Korea. By praising Xi , Trump is “trying to set up a congenial atmosphere”, Schell said.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at the National Assembly on November 8, 2017 in Seoul, South Korea. Trump is in South Korea as a part of his Asian tour. © (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images) U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at the National Assembly on November 8, 2017 in Seoul, South Korea. Trump is in South Korea as a part of his Asian tour. US President Donald Trump raised eyebrows on Wednesday by congratulating Chinese leader Xi Jinping for securing a "great political victory" in a Communist Party congress ahead of their meetings in Beijing.

Trump has lavished Xi with praise since the Chinese president consolidated power at the conclave last month as the two leaders prepare for difficult talks on trade and North Korea.

Trump, who was in Seoul on a two-day visit, tweeted he would then travel to China where "I very much look forward to meeting with President Xi who is just off his great political victory".

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But analysts said Trump ’s praise of Xi is an attempt to molify the Chinese leader ahead of complicated talks on China ’s massive trade surplus with the United States and Beijing’s economic ties to North Korea. By praising Xi , Trump is “trying to set up a congenial atmosphere”, Schell said.

Ely Ratner, an ex-adviser to former US vice president Joe Biden, tweeted that it was a "straight up repudiation of American values and interests". But analysts said Trump 's praise of Xi is an attempt to molify the Chinese leader ahead of complicated talks on China 's massive trade surplus with the

Trump's description of Xi's elevation at the congress -- where the Chinese leader was reappointed to a second term as general secretary in a closed-door vote -- sparked a flurry of comments on Twitter on China's status as a one-party state.

Ely Ratner, an ex-adviser to former US vice president Joe Biden, tweeted that it was a "straight up repudiation of American values and interests".

But analysts said Trump's praise of Xi is an attempt to mollify the Chinese leader ahead of complicated talks on reducing China's massive trade surplus with the United States and Beijing's economic ties to North Korea.

"It's not representative of a normal president of a powerful democratic country," Jean-Pierre Cabestan, China politics specialist at Hong Kong Baptist University, told AFP.

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But analysts said Trump 's praise of Xi is an attempt to mollify the Chinese leader ahead of complicated talks on China 's massive trade surplus with the United States and Beijing's economic ties to North Korea. By praising Xi , Trump is "trying to set up a congenial atmosphere", Schell said.

Ely Ratner, an ex-adviser to former US vice president Joe Biden, tweeted that it was a "straight up repudiation of American values and interests". But analysts said Trump 's praise of Xi is an attempt to molify the Chinese leader ahead of complicated talks on China 's massive trade surplus with the

"He's laying it on thick to put Xi in a good mood because he will have unpleasant things to tell him," Cabestan said.

While praising the leader of the world's largest Communist-led country, Trump marked 100 years since the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia by declaring November 7th the National Day for the Victims of Communism.

"Today, we remember those who have died and all who continue to suffer under communism," the White House said in a statement.

Despite the declaration, Trump will be given a "state visit-plus" in China, with Xi treating him to a tour of the Forbidden City, a military honour guard and a banquet.

China's welcome follows the red-carpet treatment that Trump received in Japan and South Korea during his tour of Asia.

"We're in a sort of situation where each of the leaders and Trump himself are both sort of trying to curry favour with the other," Orville Schell, an expert on US-China relations at the Asia Society, told AFP.

By praising Xi, Trump is "trying to set up a congenial atmosphere", Schell said.

"Trump lives in a world where everything is either a victory or defeat," he said.

"So to call something like this a victory for Xi is the highest form of flattery."

Trump has lavished praise on other controversial leaders in the past, such as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"He does have a natural predilection for sort of get-it-done, big leaders," Schell said.

Senior Chinese envoy heads to North Korea amid chill in ties .
China dispatched its highest-level envoy to North Korea in two years on Friday in a bid to improve chilly relations after President Donald Trump last week urged Beijing to pressure Pyongyang to cease its nuclear weapons program. Song Tao will report on the outcomes of China's ruling Communist Party congress held last month and visit counterparts in his role as President Xi Jinping's special envoy, according to Chinese state media. China has given no other details about his itinerary or said whether he'll meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

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