Hankyoreh (Hani): What’s your overall assessment of the recent US-China summit at the Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida? Was it more successful than you expected?
Alan Romberg (Romberg): I think the summit at Mar-a-Lago can be called a success for both leaders. Contrary to the expectations of many people, the leaders established what at a minimum is a cordial relationship and one that will facilitate, if not total resolution of the many issues on the table, at least reasonable management of them. I was not surprised at this. It has become a pattern that President Trump uses sharp language going into meetings, but if his counterpart is reasonably forthcoming–and Xi Jinping was clearly determined to be just that–Trump is quite willing to respond in kind.
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