As part of his Asia tour, President Trump made a stop in China where he and the First Lady were treated to a lavish reception. This included a dinner and classical music and dance performance in the historical Forbidden City.

For the POTUS to receive such a welcome is huge. No foreign leader has ever dined in the ancient enclave since the founding of modern China.

According to Chinese historian Jeremiah Jenne:

"The Chinese government knows who they're dealing with. It's another in a long line of fairly shrewd moves by the Chinese government and something [Trump is] going to be very impressed with."

The elaborate steps taken to impress the U.S. President are also a bit surprising considering Trump has gone to great lengths to criticize China both before and in the middle of his presidency. Recently, he has chastised the country for its friendly relationships with North Korea.

China has also been known to "roll" past U.S. Presidents where they try to embarrass them and make them look weak by parading them around in a haphazard and disorganized fashion.

The China trip is one of many pit stops around the Asian continent. The POTUS previously made visits to Japan and South Korea. The primary objective was to discuss the growing threat of North Korea. Trump, though, also had to use the moment to discuss domestic matters, most notably sending his condolences to the victims of the tragic mass shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

The move by China demonstrates just how effective Trump is as the Commander-in-Chief. President Obama never received such a reception as he was viewed as a weak leader that can be taken advantage of. The Chinese even snubbed Obama during a G20 Summit meeting in September 2016. When disembarking from the plane, he was not given a formal reception, a clear sign of disrespect.

Does the contrast demonstrate the effectiveness of Trump in dealing with foreign relations?

 
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