Why Donald Trump is great news for Xi Jinping

Mr Donald Trump has been in office long enough for certain patterns to emerge in his behaviour. The US President likes to create a crisis, let it run a while and then announce that he has solved it.

He will frighten friend and foe alike with dire threats, before striking an agreement that he self-certifies as "tremendous". In reality, the new deal will often be superficial and the underlying issues will remain largely unaddressed.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 17, 2019, with the headline 'Why Donald Trump is great news for Xi Jinping'. Print Edition | Subscribe