President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump are underway on their first tour of Asia since assuming office. The way that China decided to honor President Trump is leaving many speechless.
During the President and first lady’s first trip to China, they were met with generosity and respect. According to The Daily Caller, the Trumps were offered a rare dinner opportunity at the Forbidden City. This move is a show of honor that has not been presented to a foreign leader since the founding of the People’s Republic of China nearly 68 years ago.
This honor goes against the allegedly negative perceptions of President Trump around the globe that the Left has tried to reiterate throughout the trip. The mainstream media tried to convince many Americans that President Trump would be an embarrassment and the trip would be a disaster, but the evidence certainly doesn’t support the rhetoric.
President Trump and the first lady met with Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan for the third leg of Mr. Trump’s Asia tour. They met on Wednesday and made their way to the Forbidden City.
The Forbidden City is known for its beauty. It is a sprawling palace with multiple buildings intertwined throughout the complex. The Imperial family lived on the property for centuries, and the land has since been deeply revered.
The Trumps were invited to several events during their visit. Notably, they attended a Peking Opera performance before sitting down for a magnificent dinner. This treatment was much unlike the experiences of past presidents when they visited China.
Some have pointed out that this experience is particularly different from the most recent presidential visit carried out by former-President Obama, including the farewell tour at the end of his presidency. Last year, President Obama’s visit began with no available stairs to disembark from Air Force One and a tense argument between White House staffers and a Chinese official.
Some predicted this special treatment before it happened, including Ming Wang, a professor of government and politics at George Mason University. He insisted that China, “will give Trump an exceptional reception, essentially they’ll try to make Trump happy.”
Xi likely wants to provide President Trump a high level of respect and strong first impression because Xi knows that he needs President Trump for dealing with North Korea. China is North Korea’s biggest trading partner, but there may be growing concern of retaliation.
“Xi is going to treat Trump almost like an emperor,” Wang concluded on CNN when discussing his projections of President Trump’s visit to China.
Wang appears to be proven right after President Trump was the first in 68 years to enjoy the Forbidden City.
Chances are, President Trump will encourage China to distance themselves from North Korea. The end goal is ensuring that North Korea ends their aggression. If Xi’s actions show anything, it is that he is willing to work with President Trump — and he could prove to be a key ally as the US confronts North Korea.