Trump and his millionaire cabinet members and advisers have appeared to ignore the Jeffersonian ideals of religious freedom and human rights that have been the American trademark of “transformational” leadership in international affairs. Illustration: Craig Stephens

Trump’s ‘America first’ and Xi Jinping’s ‘China first’: how different are they?

Patrick Mendis considers the points of agreement – and divergence – in the American and Chinese nation-building projects, particularly as both presidents today display an affinity with the more Hamiltonian ‘transactional’, rather than a ‘transformational’, approach to leadership

Topic |   US-China relations

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Trump and his millionaire cabinet members and advisers have appeared to ignore the Jeffersonian ideals of religious freedom and human rights that have been the American trademark of “transformational” leadership in international affairs. Illustration: Craig Stephens
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