The Trump administration has been ruffling feathers in China, but Sino-American relations may have taken a somewhat friendlier turn this week.
President Trump has broken the ice with Chinese President Xi Jinping in a letter, as a Reuters report put it. The missive thanked Xi for his congratulatory note on Trump’s inauguration and wished the Chinese people a prosperous Lunar New Year of the Rooster.
“President Trump stated that he looks forward to working with President Xi to develop a constructive relationship that benefits both the United States and China,” said a White House statement about the letter.
Pundits have warned that Trump’s decision to write a letter, rather than make a phone call, is “a further indication of the dark clouds now gathering over U.S.-China relations.”
But Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang offered this upbeat official response to Trump’s missive, according to CNBC:
‘We highly praise President Trump’s festival wishes to Chairman Xi Jinping and the Chinese people. China is willing to work together with the U.S. to maintain the principles of no conflict or confrontation, mutual respect, cooperation and mutual benefit in order to broaden cooperation, manage differences, and promote a greater development of the healthy and sustained China-U.S. relationship.’
Lu Kang, Chinese Foreign Ministry
Our President has some natural ability to be charming from what I hear. He can do a good job here if he can just stop stepping on himself.
Writing a letter by his staff was a smart move so he wouldn’t screw it up.
The Chinese like that, they can hold a letter and read it over and over to decipher the meaning of the words. This letter will go a long ways towards building the relationship.
That was a good move.
Brings my score to 7 vs. 8 positive/negative Trump moves so far.