Ever since President Donald Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping shared a slice of chocolate cake at Mar-a-Lago in April, many have speculated about the burgeoning ‘bromance’ between two of the world’s most powerful men.
Well, if anybody had any doubts about thelr ‘special relationship’, the opulent welcome that the Trump’s received upon landing in Beijing should put them to rest.
A red carpet, military band and flag-waving children met Trump and first lady Melania Trump when they arrived in Beijing. That greeting – which included far more pageantry than is typically bestowed on visiting foreign leaders – was followed by a tour of China’s Forbidden City accompanied by Xi and his wife, Peng Liyuan. Following that, they took in an opera performance. Trump also reportedly showed Xi video clips of his grandchildren singing in Chinese. Indeed, a video of Ivanka Trump’s daughter Arabella reciting a Chinese poem went viral on Chinese social media shortly after Trump’s election last year.
The Chinese have promised that Trump would receive what they call a ‘state visit plus’ – with the Trump’s being accorded courtesies that are rarely bestowed on foreign leaders.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Nov 8, 2017.