On President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump’s first official visit to China, it seems the red carpet has been rolled out as the couple are reportedly receiving royalty treatment.
For those keeping score, Obama was “snubbed” by the Chinese when he visited Beijing for the G-20 summit last year…but who’s counting?
On Wednesday afternoon, the president and first lady arrived in China, the third leg of Trump’s two-week Asia tour. After landing in Beijing, they toured the Forbidden City, the residence of the imperial family for centuries, with Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan. There, they were afforded the opportunity for a fancy dinner — an opportunity so rare that it has not been bestowed on a foreign leader since the founding of the People’s Republic of China 68 years ago, per New York Daily News.
“Xi is going to treat Trump almost like an emperor,” Ming Wang, a professor of government and politics at George Mason University, told CNN. He also added that China “will give Trump an exceptional reception, essentially they’ll try to make Trump happy.”
While Trump has spoken highly of the Chinese President, the country’s strongest leader in decades, his administration is no stranger to antagonizing the Chinese on matters impacting U.S. strategic national interests. That said, Trump is expected to press Xi on issues concerning bilateral trade and North Korea, two huge problems impacting the bilateral relationship.
Here’s to hoping he isn’t swayed by all the royal treatment. Something tells me he won’t be.