John F. Copper is the Stanley J. Buckman Professor of International Studies (emeritus) at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. He is the author of more than thirty books on China, Taiwan and US Asia policy.
It may be that Trump’s tête-à-tête with Xi was more important than simply the two leaders resolving the one-China issue. It included the two leaders inviting each other to visit their country. It seemed to represent détente following more than a month of hostile exchanges.