Speaking on CGTN, Carnegie’s Douglas H. Paal explained that the upcoming meeting between President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping will set the tone of U.S.-China relations for the entire Trump presidency. He argued that that how the two heads of state view each other matters for the prospects of cooperation between the two major powers.

He noted that it is unlikely that the summit will produce a major public agreement or communiqué, but in private President Xi will expect President Trump to “mean what he says and say what he means.”

Later, the discussion turned to the topics of President Trump’s strategy to defeat the self-proclaimed Islamic State and how the U.S. government views the “Brexit” process.

This interview was originally broadcast on CGTN.