◎ History has taught that an American president’s credibility on a major U.S. domestic issue can be transferable to tests of will in the international arena, for good or ill.
◎ From its establishment, Communist China has been committed to the destruction or the drastic reconstruction of the global order
◎ The 90-day trade talks, if successful, will tackle U.S. national security concerns at its root.
◎ Xi faces very high levels of political risk in the next 90 days.
◎ Xi was likely seeking a pause going into the G20. The concessions which he made to gain the pause suggests a “pyrrhic victory.”
◎ Pence’s message to Beijing was firm and clear: “The United States … will not change course until China changes its ways.”
◎ Using the Red Matrix aggressively is a double-edged sword for the CCP when the U.S. is on high-alert for CCP influence and interference operations.
◎ Xi Jinping and Donald Trump likely find it to be in their interest to hold a summit at the G20 meeting in Buenos Aires.