#1 Donald Trump First American President To Dine in Forbidden City by algernonpj 08.11.2017 20:29


Donald Trump First American President To Dine in Forbidden City
Posted: November 8, 2017 at 2:13 pm
by Joseph Morgan

In the clearest sign yet that Donald Trump is commanding the greater respect from world leaders, the Chinese government rolled out the red-carpet for him bestowing on him an honor not granted to any US President in the history of the People’s Republic of China: official dinner inside the Forbidden City, the historic palace that housed Chinese emperors and their families for almost 500 years.

Chinese President Xi Jinping went even further then just the private dinner, he shut-down the entire city for Trump, so he and Melania could have a private tour. Trump is expected to dine with Xi inside the Jianfu Palace, which dates back to the eighteenth century and was fully restored in 2005, making it one of the most well-preserved parts of the palace complex.

CNN reported:

Wherever he dines in the Forbidden City, Trump will be the first foreign leader to have an official dinner in the palace since the founding of the People’s Republic in 1949. Dining in the Forbidden City will be a significant honor for Trump, in keeping with what China’s Ambassador to the US Cui Tiankai promised would be a “state visit-plus.”

“The Chinese government know who they’re dealing with,” said Beijing-based historian Jeremiah Jenne. “It’s another in a long line of fairly shrewd moves by the Chinese government and something (Trump is) going to be very impressed with.”…

Ming Wang, a professor of government and politics at George Mason University, said the Chinese “will give Trump an exceptional reception, essentially they’ll try to make Trump happy — that will work to China’s advantage.”…
“(Xi’s) going to treat Trump almost like an emperor,” said Ming.

Trump’s visit to Beijing comes on the back of successful trips to Tokyo and Seoul, where he was lavished with praise by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Moon Jae-in. He has taken a very strident tone in economic sanction talks with China, and has leveraged the considerable economic might of the United States to get Xi to help reign in North Korea. His tactics and tone have received criticism, but considering the “emperor” treatment being shown him by the Chinese, this but the latest example of the international community’s recognition that the President of the United States, is once again acting like, and being received as, the leader of the free world.


#2 RE: Donald Trump First American President To Dine in Forbidden City by Cincinnatus 08.11.2017 22:39


The other night there was a show on TV about the Forbidden City, it's purpose, design, and architecture. Truly fascinating. One of the things they stressed was how the buildings were designed to withstand earthquakes as Beijing is not that far away from a major fault line. It was designed so cleverly that replicating it in a laboratory setting showed the fundamental structures could withstand shocks up to at least a phenomenal magnitude 10 on the Richter scale, the highest impact they could reach given the lab's equipment.

I wonder about that given the number of deaths which occur when China has an earthquake. The Forbidden City was begun in the very early 1400s, and the deadliest earthquake in history was in Shanshi, China with 830,000 deaths in 1556. Go figure.

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