President Donald Trump’s decision to strike Syria sent a powerful message to a number of world leaders, including Chinese President Xi Jinping, the president’s dinner guest during the bombing.
The Syrian regime reportedly used chemical weapons Tuesday against innocent civilians, killing women and children at a hospital. In response, the Trump administration called for the removal of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and carried out cruise missile strikes on the airfield used to launch the chemical weapons attack. This decisive action by the new administration took place while Trump and his Chinese counterpart were having dinner with Trump informing Xi of the strikes over dessert. The move sent the important message that the U.S. is still the “preeminent power,” according to a seasoned diplomat and China hand.
“I think it says a lot about the U.S. power and preeminent leadership role. It’s hard to imagine any other country in the world making that kind of unilateral strike – certainly not China,” Paul Haenle, an experienced diplomat who advised both George W. Bush and Barack Obama on China, told The Guardian.
“I think it underlines the fact that despite Xi’s interest in using this summit to position himself and China as a peer of the U.S. and of Trump’s, China still has a very long way to go in terms of global power and influence,” he commented, adding “the U.S. is still the world’s preeminent power, and it remains the country that shoulders global responsibility.”Read the rest of the story HERE and follow links to related stories below:
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