The Habit of US Presidents Complementing Their Chinese Counterparts

Donald Trump Xi Jinping The World’s Most Powerful Man

The Washington Post quotes Donald Trump as saying that China’s current leader, Xi Jinping, is “probably the most powerful” leader China has had in a century.

American presidents have a habit of describing their Chinese counterparts in terms of awe.

A fawning Richard Nixon said to Mao Zedong that the chairman’s writings had “changed the world”.

To Jimmy Carter, Deng Xiaoping was a string of flattering adjectives: “smart, tough, intelligent, frank, courageous, personable, self-assured, friendly”.

Bill Clinton described China’s then-president, Jiang Zemin, as a “visionary” and “a man of extraordinary intellect”.

Source: The Economist