Media Advisory: Rice U. expert available to discuss Trump in China

By Newsroom America Feeds at 7 Nov 14:30

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Rice U. expert available to discuss Trump in China

HOUSTON -- (Nov. 7, 2017) -- What should Americans expect (https://www.cnbc.com/2017/11/06/trump-visits-china-heres-what-to-expect.html) from President Donald Trump's visit to China this week? Rice University China expert Steven Lewis is available for interviews leading up to, during and after Trump's visit to Beijing.

https://www.bakerinstitute.org/media/files/expert/2ce6feb8/steve-lewis.jpgLewis (https://www.bakerinstitute.org/experts/steven-w-lewis/) who is professor in the practice, research fellow at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and associate director at Rice’s Chao Center for Asian Studies, said the meeting between the two super power leaders is historic.

"President Trump's meeting with President Xi (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xi_Jinping) in Beijing this week will be historic in many ways," Lewis said. "First, although this is their second face-to-face meeting, Trump's visit in Beijing will be the first one where expectations on both sides are high and that real policy impact will result, particularly on U.S. and Chinese talks to find a way to persuade or pressure North Korea to drop its nuclear ambitions, and as emphasized by President Trump before he left the U.S. for Asia last week, important trade negotiations to redress the trade imbalance in China's favor. Second, it will be Xi Jinping's first meeting with a major world leader since his ascension to unrivaled powerat the 19th Party Congress last week, he said.

"Also, the visit will be a chance for President Trump to demonstrate his bargaining savvy and improve the American strategic and economic position in Asia, thereby potentially improving his sagging popularity (http://www.cnn.com/2017/11/06/politics/cnn-poll-trump-approval-russia-concerns/index.html) with the American people," he said.

To schedule an interview with Lewis, contact David Ruth, director of national media relations at Rice, at david@rice.edu (mailto:david@rice.edu) or 713-348-6327.

Rice University's Baker Institute has a broadcast interview studio with a HD television uplink and an ISDN line for radio.

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