China’s Princeling President Xi Jinping Meets POTUS Donald Trump through American Princeling Jared Kushner!
The NYT article entitled, “China Learns How To Get Trump’s Ear: Through Jared Kushner”, written by Mark Landler [4/2/17] accurately describes the forthcoming visit between China President Xi Jinping and POTUS Trump at Mar-a-Lago in Florida.
The article intentionally highlighted the phenomenon where the representative of the Middle Kingdom [PRC] travels a far distance to meet with his counterpart, POTUS [superpower]. Missing from the article is the description of an important psychological dynamic that plays out in this impending encounter.
The most important dynamic is that Chinese Princeling, President Xi, is the son of a major personality in the Communist Revolution under the leadership of Mao Zedong. In turn, the American Princeling, Jared Kushner, the trusted independently wealthy son-in-law of POTUS Trump arranged this important meeting with the help of the Chinese Ambassador to the USA, Cui Tianki.
The meeting was set up through back-channel communications obviating the need for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson or his Assistant Secretary for the Pacific and Asian Affairs. Secondly, what makes this unique dynamic so important is that it is based on an old Chinese concept for personal transactions called, ‘Xuangi’ [pronounced kwanchee]. For the past several years, the Chinese government in the presence of a cut-out banker has been intimately involved in financing and refinancing the massive Kushner properties in NYC.That type of intimate relationship is exceedingly valuable in a time when virtual diplomacy has taken over the need for ambassadors and overseas embassies.
Strategic relations between China and the USA have been somewhat rocky since the advent of tension over the Spratly Islands [described in my novel, “Pax Pacifica”]. Clearly, issues arise as to whether Jared or Ivanka are comprising their ethical standards by engaging in this type of personal, Princeling-to-Princeling diplomacy. I would say that whatever ethical concerns may arise is secondary to the fact that President Xi and his financial entourage feel extremely comfortable dealing with Kushner’s father-in-law, POTUS Donald Trump.
The Chinese know that they can rely on the word of the Kushner and/or his father-in-law because they have dealt with the Kushner [as well as the Trump] family for decades. The Chinese will try to leverage their personal relationship to their collective benefit. I would assume that POTUS will do the same thing. But this time, he will add one major factor: what is best for the USA.
I believe that POTUS has more to gain from being the representative of the USG forming strategic/tactical initiatives which are best for this country. That non-selfish approach literally Trumps his personal gains. He wants history to record him as the best POTUS in the both 20th and 21st centuries.
Yet, one princeling could deny another princeling a strategic/tactical advantage. However, in the case of the stated Chinese axiom of ‘win-win’, they are more interested in acquiring more American investments into China and vice versa.
Concurrently to this meeting, Americans are witnessing the beginning of the end of the bloated bureaucracy of the State Department with its 20,000 employees [half of whom have no work whatsoever]. In the binary world of the internet and Skype, we have little need for assigning personnel overseas. The Trump administration is bringing back a psycho-political dynamic where understanding individual personalities will be paramount. Subsequently, policy and its bureaucrats will become increasingly irrelevant.
It’s time to cut the federal government ASAP!
The great British diplomat, Benjamin Disraeli said the following:
“A precedent embalms a principle”.