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The Daily Update - Trump in Asia

A year ago the world woke up to the certain prospect of Trump as the 45th President of the United States. Since then, as the Independent put it, he has made “2,470 tweets and 0 major legislative achievements”. He has also made 13 trips to foreign countries and at least 34 trips to his favoured destination: the golf course.

President Trump has this week been on his latest trip, sweet-talking his way through Asia and has turned from recent meetings and negotiations with Japan and South Korea to focus now on China. Yesterday in Beijing the Trumps met Chinese President Xi Jinping and today they meet Premier Li Keqiang. Tomorrow they go on to Vietnam and then to the Philippines: all in one week (the trip 11 days in total).

The Daily Update - China's 19th national communist party congress

Yesterday China’s 19th National Communist Party Congress closed, officially marking the beginning of President Xi Jinping’s second term as party general secretary (and points towards a likely third!). Furthermore Xi unanimously secured an eponymous amendment to their constitution furthering Deng Xiaoping’s reforms and ideology of the 1980s surrounding his “theory on socialism with Chinese characteristics”. How exactly “Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era” will look, only time will tell. But, further to Xi securing more influence for himself, there was the unavoidable rhetoric for the pursuit of “more balanced economic growth”.

The Daily Update - Sino-US collaboration

Away from the pre-banquet US airstrike attack on Syria, according to Chinese newswires the meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Donal Trump was ‘a great success’. It went so well that Xi said the two ‘got deeply acquainted, established a kind of trust and built an initial working relationship and friendship’. In a memo after the ‘outstanding’ ‘relationship’ had been ‘developed’, Trump gushed at how he believes ‘lots of very potentially bad problems will be going away.’ This probably hushed a number of reporters, who were angling for all manner of disruptive and ‘very difficult’ talks.

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