US expert on Trump's visit to China

Added On November 11, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump Wednesday kicked off his three-day visit to China, creating a significant opportunity for the two countries to strengthen their bilateral cooperation.
On the eve of Trump's visit to Beijing, our correspondent Gao Pan talked with Adam Posen, president of the Peterson Institute for International Economics.
U.S. President Trump will visit China on Nov. 8 as part of his 12-day Asia trip.  Commerce Secretary Ross will also lead a business delegation of around 29 U.S. companies to visit Beijing, according some media reports. What's your take on the Trump's upcoming visit to China and what priority issues could be on the table? 
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH) ADAM POSEN, President of the Peterson Institute for International Economics
I think in many ways it's in the Chinese interest and in the world's interest that as few issues around the table as possible. You want to keep President Trump focused and you don't want to get into a situation where he decides he has to react sharply to something. So I think essentially there will be two and a half issues on the table. There will be security focused particularly on North Korea but also a bit on South China Sea. And then there will be economics and the economics is why I say one and a half. The Trump people come in with their emphasis on bilateral trade deficits which as an economist I think is silly but that's their emphasis. And then the half as you mentioned guy was the group of businesses coming with. And so that's sort of for show and maybe they'll get a deal more beef more planes something. But that doesn't really mean very much yet.
OK. During a meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Donald Trump in April, they have established four high-level dialogue mechanisms, coverings security, economy, law enforcement and cyber security, and also social and cultural issues. What's your take on 
the role of these dialogue mechanisms to promote the U.S.-China relations? 
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH) ADAM POSEN, President of the Peterson Institute for International Economics
Well I think I like many people were very happy when that was announced in April because it meant we were going to continue this formal dialogue process. It meant that the leaders from China and US would get together have an agenda peaceful be in regular contact. And so in a sense the process is more important than what's in the tracks. The social and cultural dialogue has become a real emphasis gather from the Chinese side. I would like to see that but I don't see that as being aan issue one way or the other. It's obviously the security and the economic dialogue. And then cyber. But as long as there's a formal dialogue process we can hope for something good.