Moscow Inks $400 Billion Deal With China; Washington Gets Awkward Handshake
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson leaves Beijing with an awkward Facebook photo
We have to give credit to Rex Tillerson for at least trying to pretend that Washington has good relations with China.
On Sunday, the U.S. Secretary of State concluded his visit to China. He has returned to Washington with an awkward handshake and a flurry of meaningless formalities:
"You said that China-U.S. relations can only be friendly. I express my appreciation for this," Xi said.
What did Tillerson expect, though?
Yes, it's true that Xi told reporters that China is "expecting a new era for constructive development" with Washington. Are we supposed to be impressed by this bland, vanilla statement, though? You can find similar language from joint statements between the Israelis and the Palestinian Authority. But are there any actions to back up the words?
Show us the money.
Regarding "constructive development" with China, Rex could use a few pointers from Putin:
The photographs don't lie. And neither does the $400 billion gas deal. Or the endless list of infrastructure and trade agreements. Or BRICS. Or the fact that Beijing has stated openly that it is "coordinating" its foreign policy with Moscow.
But apparently we're supposed to be impressed by Tillerson bagging some "warm words":
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