Reporter’s Notebook: Covering Trump in China

November 8, 2017

Beijing is buzzing over how U.S. President Donald Trump will interact with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

I was in the CGTN studio as Air Force One touched down in Beijing, watching Trump and First Lady, Melania greeted on the tarmac. Unlike former U.S. President Barack Obama’s 2016 arrival at the G20 summit in Hangzhou, the arrival stairs met Trump’s aircraft in timely fashion.

That – combined with the lack of controversial tweets from the prolific social media president – has Trump’s first state visit off to a good start. In fact, Trump graciously teased his own arrival in Beijing via Twitter:

“Leaving South Korea now heading to China. Looking very much forward to meeting and being with President Xi!”