The North Korean issue will be another Chinese nightmare during the period. However, if the US wants to resolve the problem by itself, it will probably wait until the deployment of its Terminal High-Altitude Air Defense system in South Korea is complete next month and there is a stable new government in South Korea.
As for Trump’s promise to visit China, such a visit is unlikely to take place before winter. Since the CCP’s 19th National Congress will be held in fall, Trump would only cause more trouble for Xi if he were to visit Beijing and talk nonsense before the event.
Paul Lin is a political commentator.
Translated by Eddy Chang