The First Meeting: Trump And Chinese President Xi Jinping

Xi jinping and Donald Trump
President Xi Jinping, left, probably won’t give President Trump a round of golf during their first face-to-face meeting on April 6-7, but he may find it worthwhile to ensure his American counterpart does not feel like he’s leaving empty-handed. Some analysts believe Xi might be willing to hand Trump a symbolic victory on trade to put a positive spin on the meeting. (AP Photo/File)
Xi jinping and Donald Trump
President Xi Jinping, left, probably won’t give President Trump a round of golf during their first face-to-face meeting on April 6-7, but he may find it worthwhile to ensure his American counterpart does not feel like he’s leaving empty-handed. Some analysts believe Xi might be willing to hand Trump a symbolic victory on trade to put a positive spin on the meeting. (AP Photo/File)

The First Meeting: Trump And Chinese President Xi Jinping

President Trump and the president of China, Xi Jinping, meet Thursday for the first time at the president's Mar-a-Lago resort. Near the top of the agenda are issues like trade and North Korea’s nuclear ambitions. 

President Trump has said in recent days he expects this to be a “very difficult” discussion. 

We analyze the agenda and the evolution of U.S. policy towards China with Daniel Drezner, a professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Drezner is also a regular contributor to the Washington Post. He’s the author, most recently, of The Ideas Industry: How Pessimists, Partisans, and Plutocrats Are Transforming the Marketplace of Ideas.