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China President Xi Jinping's visit to the USA at Trump's "Southern White House" will be a test of two opposing worldviews. And with the discussions will be quid pro quo...
As reported by CNN, in "advance of the meeting, the Chinese government this week finally gave Donald Trump's company trademark protection for use of his name in the construction industry. Trump sought protection and control of his trademark in the Chinese courts for years, including at the time of his campaign. Last September, China's trademark review board announced it would invalidate a rival claim for Trump's mark, and in November, after he was elected, the board gave the trademark to the President's business. This week it was officially registered."
Now Trump has to give something to China in return.
How about extending that lease of the 20,404 square feet of office space at Trump Tower by the state-owned Industrial & Commercial Bank of China, the world’s biggest lender measured by assets. The bank’s lease is set to expire in 2019 and now would be a good time to get that extension while quid pro quo is the norm...
Oh and how about that deal Jared Kushner is in the process of making. As reported by Bloomberg, Kushners May Get $400 Million From Chinese on Tower. Now you're talking Trump's language.
Okay once these deals are taken care of, they can devote some time to the other issues for public consumption.
North Korea will obviously be a topic for discussion, and Trump and Tillerson are "talking tough" about what they want China to do...or the USA will go it alone. What that "going it alone" would mean is hard to say. Trump says he's not going to reveal any plans as that would be tipping his hand.
Trade is another topic where Trump has talked tough promises tariffs of anywhere from 45 percent to 25 percent depending on his audience and mood. China knows this tough talk to US audiences. Will Trump talk tough to China like he did to Merkel on NATO payments in arears? We'll see.
It kind of depends on all the other deals...Kushner's and Trump's. Quid pro quo...
It's the way Trump does business American style. But President Xi is a hell of a lot smarter than Trump. Who will win?