Donald Trump is meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping this week. And since “China is beating us” in business, he should avoid the golf course to attempt to strike any deals of diplomacy with Xi. Trump likes to use the course as a way to avoid the press and talk biz with the guys. He and Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe recently met on his Mar-a-Lago golf course where Trump used his gift from Abe… a gold-plated golf club (because why not)!
Since coming to power in 2012, Xi Jinping has cracked down on the genteel sport in what commentators have dubbed a “war on golf.” The sport has a contentious history in the country: Mao Tse-tung, founder of Communist China, described golf as a “sport for millionaires” and golf was banned until the mid-1980s. Though building courses was technically banned in 2004, the sport flourished—until Xi Jinping jumped on the anti-golf bandwagon and closed them in their hundreds….The Chinese Communist Party banned its 88 million members from playing golf in 2015, due to its association with corruption and unofficial deals being made on the fairways. Though the ban was revoked in 2016, Xi Jinping told cadres they were forbidden from receiving golf memberships as gifts as part of his efforts to reduce corruption among more junior party officials.”
Xi’s apparently a big fan of soccer and martial arts. Maybe they should meet at a gym and spar with Chuck Liddell….