Chinese analyst, Sun Liping of CICIR, offered a balanced and constructive assessment of President Donald Trump and US-China relations in the Global Times (Beijing) today. He said,
...."The head-of-state diplomacy can be the biggest stabilizer. Since Trump met his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping at the Mar-a-Lago estate in April 2017, the two leaders have built a good personal relationship. This has a positive effect on bilateral ties and will continue to play a critical role in the future.
The four high-level dialogue mechanisms established between the two countries still have an irreplaceable role to play and will be advanced in 2018 to ensure bilateral ties stay on track. After all, to sit down and figure out solutions is more beneficial for Trump's re-election bid.
In the meantime, China and the US have huge potential in working together to address the trade disputes and nuclear issue. As China grows stronger economically, it becomes more capable of shaping its ties with the US. With enormous potential in fields like agriculture, energy, infrastructure and financial service, Chinese market will provide crucial opportunities for the US to achieve dynamic economic growth. Although Beijing and Washington diverge on North Korea, they share the goal of denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula, making it possible for more cooperation in this respect.
Trump will face a bumpy road ahead in seeking re-election victory. This will add more competing factors to Sino-US relations. ...."