Andrew J. Nathan, the Class of 1919 Professor of Political Science at Columbia University, answered five questions for Columbia News on April 5, 2017 about Chinese president Xi Jinping’s April visit to the United States. During the trip, President Xi will hold a summit meeting with President Trump at the Mar-a-Lago Resort in Florida.
“The Chinese and the Americans have very different agendas,” Professor Nathan says in the interview. “Trump, like most American presidents before him, wants the Chinese to help deal with the North Korean threat, although unlike his predecessors he says so in tough-sounding 140-character tweets. The Chinese answer is that they don’t have as much influence as Trump thinks they do.”
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