There is a stark contrast between Angela Merkel’s quick trip to Washington — which lasted less than three hours, including a brief meeting with Donald Trump — and the meticulous reception ritual China reserved to Narendra Modi the same day, as he met Xi Jinping.
The two Western leaders seem to struggle to find common ground, and they keep their meetings as short as possible to avoid off-script moments circumstances — a common occurrence with President Trump. Meanwhile, the leaders of the two Asian giants — historical rivals still divided by unsettled disagreements — manage a friendly chat and pose in front of the cameras.
As China’s People’s Daily writes, they show that “China and India’s shared interests are far greater than their differences.” Shared interests, just like the ones that brought the two Koreas to a negotiations table, taking the first steps toward disarmament in the Korean Peninsula. The West seems to be losing its shared interests — if it ever actually had any, since they were mostly American interests.