Trump and Xi had previously enjoyed an unusually cordial relationship since their first February meeting in Florida, with the US president describing Xi as a “terrific person” with whom he had a “very good relationship.”
In exchange for Xi’s agreement to help restrain North Korea, the Trump administration loosened or withdrew US pressure in other areas, including the South China Sea
and Trump’s previous campaign pledge to label China a currency manipulator.
But on June 21, Trump sent a tweet saying Chinese efforts to restrain North Korea had “not worked out,”
while adding he greatly appreciated that they had “tried.”
“It’s a very firm indication that the honeymoon after the Mar-a-Lago summit is over and that tweet in particular … that was a clear signal that there was going to be a change and cooling in temperature of China and US ties,” Euan Graham, International Security Program director at Sydney’s Lowy Institute, told CNN.
China seems to careless about this, which in the view of lopolics is actually good. No state in the international system should be forced to make a decision on these matters. The US should give China the chance to come to a decision without resulting to forceful tactics. President Xi was seen inspecting a large amount of military personnel today June 30 in Hong-Kong. He seems not to be moved by whatever sanctions the US drops against his country. This is a very interesting development that should be watched closely.