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Uncomfortable Talks Are the Order of the Day at Trump and Xi’s Meetings

Posted April 07, 2017

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues

(Colin Dwyer – NPR)

It’s safe to say that few people expected the first face-to-face meeting between President Trump and Xi Jinping to unfold this way.

Halfway through the Chinese president’s visit to Trump’s resort in Palm Beach, Fla., Trump announced to the world that he had ordered a missile strike on a Syrian airfield in retaliation for an apparent chemical attack by Bashar Assad’s regime. [...]

Xi, for his part, has not commented publicly on the Syria strike.

While it’s likely to loom large over the talks, the strike isn’t the only difficult issue confronting the two presidents. From trade policy to North Korea, from Taiwan to the South China Sea, the list of possible topics for their talks Thursday and Friday is about as long as it is thorny.

This meeting had long promised to be a delicate dance between the leaders, whose relationship has had something of a rocky start. Click here to read more.

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