Thursday, April 6, 2017


WHAT BEST TO EXPECT FROM XI AND TRUMP FIRST MEETING-PROMISING FUTURE OF U.S., CHINA RELATION? BY FRANCIS C W FUNG, PH.D. Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Donald Trump will have a historical meeting on April 7, 2017. It will define the future of U.S. China relation. What can we expect? To predict the outcome, first let us take a good look at both Presidents governing style, philosophy and vision. There are much we can glimpse from what is already well known in the media and available literature. Their governing philosophy and style cannot be farther apart. Donald Trump has little or no governing experience. His career experience can best be summed up as a real estate developer and host of the talk show, known more as “You are fired”. His governing style reflects his background as a shrew developer and talk show host. He is inclined to tweet messages to surprise his opponent to gain negotiation advantages. What he really says does not matter as long as he wins. This tactic was well exhibited during his presidential election campaign. Xi Jinping on the opposite is a leader with many years of governing experience and man with integrity and conviction. Through his political career he performed as governor or mayor for many important Chinese cities or provinces such as Fujian, Zhejiang and Xian, Shanghai and more. What impressed most was his own written youth guidance which started out with “The future of China belongs to people with positive knowledge, ideas and energy. The real crises are not financial crises but moral and belief crises…… Think of all humanity with love that knows no boundary” He has upheld his divine guidance throughout his governance of China such as poverty relief, rejuvenation of China and “Belt and Road” initiative to spread harmony, win -win mutual development and community of common destiny along the New Silkroad. For more details of Belt and Road initiative please refer to papers published by CCTV Forum. Additionally, because of the huge differences between Trump’s short term objective and Xi’s long tern vision, their first meeting will certainly not go well without a specific agenda that will channel their discussions in the right direction. Fortunately, from opinions of both governments, one may conclude that both sides agree confrontations mean both will loose and cooperation is the only way to move forward. According to some key Trump advisors, U.S. needs badly to renew its outdated infrastructures. This can be just the right common ground to cooperate. After 30 some years of comprehensive infrastructures building China has accumulated tremendous advantages and advanced technologies in bridges, railroads and electric network building. There are unlimited spaces for cooperation both in the U.S. and internationally. Trump will accept Xi’s offer of infrastructure help and presents the offer as his “Art of the deal”. China will help to rebuild many of the U.S. outdated bridges, airport terminals, transmission network as well as badly needed electric cars and buses. This can create many U.S. jobs to please Trump that he can claim to be his credit. With the momentum of Belt and Road growing rapidly, China can use U.S. consulting firm experience for engineering services and contract negotiations on the New Silkroad. With win-win comprehensive infrastructures cooperation fully on agenda the coming Xi -Trump first meeting may yet open a new era of cooperation between U.S. and China. China’s ancient teaching of world harmony and community of common destiny (Sai Jia Da Tong and Tien Hsia Wei Kung) as practiced by Xi, will finally happen to the world by the future cooperation of U.S. and China. Francis C W Fung, PH.D. Director General World Harmony Organization San Francisco, CA.

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