|11/6/16 EPISODE 14 |
High Noon at Davos
U.S. President Trump marked the new year with a juvenile tweet: "Happy New Year to all, including my many enemies and those who have fought me and lost so badly they just don't know what to do. Love!"
Xi gave a televised New Year address to the nation, translated into 65 languages. Instead of a 27-word taunt, his1200-word speech was a positive appeal for united action.
Donald Trump's America does not exist in a vacuum. Other nations are calculating and positioning to take advantage.
Much has been said about Russia. But the rising great power competing with the US for leadership in the Asia-Pacific and for authority worldwide is China.
Strikingly, Beijing has decided that Trump represents a great opportunity to win power and influence at America's expense.
Already this year, China's President Xi Jinping has made two prominent speeches aimed at the wider world. He is setting up a contrast with Trump that is deliberate and stark.
The 21st Century's great game has begun !!
OUTRO: You've been listening to Orient Espresso the weekly discussion of a headline issue in U.S. - China relations, between Dartmouth College historian Pamela Crossley & Norwich University international relations specialist Sarwar Kashmeri.
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