Rocky Road Ahead Likely for U.S.-China Relations

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In their first summit, Trump and China’s President Xi Jinping needed to demonstrate their leadership and authority to their respective publics. President Trump needed to show he was in charge and restore momentum after a major legislative defeat over health care reform.

A validation of President Xi’s ability to manage relations with the U.S. would have provided a valuable boost to his political authority in the lead-up to this year’s 19th Party Congress.

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