The New York Times Chinese website reported today that China’s PresidentXi Jinpingnot as good as the late leaderxiang zeminIn the past when he visited the United States, he liked to show off, but this time during his visit to San Francisco he showed a more genuine side. Although during the meeting he talked about Ukraine and the Middle East, he still had to read from his notes and read from the script.
The report said Xi Jinping’s style is a far cry from previous Chinese leaders. For example, the ostentatious Jiang Zemin once played steel guitar at a Hawaiian dinner. He had gone to Seattle to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit. Many years ago she gave a cat to her two-year-old child. Bear stuffed toy.
At that summit, Jiang Zemin answered several questions from American journalists; This time, Xi Jinping did not attend the press conference, leaving only the President of the United Statesbiden(Joe Biden) raised questions alone.
However, Xi Jinping’s arrival in San Francisco this time provided a rare opportunity to see his real side more closely than usual. Although he was still reserved and cautious during his meeting with Biden, especially when it came to Ukraine or the Middle East, he had to read from his notes and speak according to the script.
For example, on the evening of the 15th, he attended a dinner party in San Francisco. When he visited a group of friends from Iowa in the 1980s, he was among the guests, notably old acquaintances who had once taken him for a drive in the country. , he smiled immediately. Getting up.
At that time, Xi Jinping was a young Party cadre from Hebei province who wanted to learn more about American agricultural technology.
He also compared his cars to Biden’s, and thanked Biden for reminding him of both his wife Peng Liyuan’s and Biden’s birthdays, November 20, and said he was too busy with work to forget about it.
The video of Xi Jinping complaining about the Chinese men’s football team to Thai Prime Minister Sretha Thavisin unexpectedly became popular. He admitted that he had small hands and could not catch a basketball, but he was fine at playing football. He also raised his hand and right leg and made two gestures.
After being told by a translator that the Chinese men’s football team defeated Thailand 2–1 in a recent World Cup qualifying match, Xi Jinping said: “Very fortunate. Now I can say something about the level of our country’s football team.” “I’m not sure. There are ups and downs.”
As for attending the US business dinner after the meeting, which cost $40,000, attendees said that Xi Jinping, who rarely shows his happy face, often smiled at the dinner.
His dinner speech touched on the principle of China-US friendship, comparing the relationship between the two countries to a tree that has “grown up”, and praising California for giving it more giant panda bears, “angels of friendship”. Was ready to.
Cornell University political scientist Jessica Chen Weiss, an expert in US-China relations, said Xi’s speech was “like an outstretched hand” and that it reflected Chinese leadership in re-establishing ties with the US business community. May reflect interest.
Bai Jiexi reported: “(He) put forward some sharp views on predictable topics, but the overall tone appeared to be an effort to reduce tensions in relations between the two countries.”
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