It is no coincidence that Washington is hosting the representatives of two world powers at the same time.
Next week, Pope Francis will come to the United State for the first time. At the same time, China’s President Xi Jinping will be traveling through the country, a representative of 1.4 billion Chinese people.
The meeting with Mr. Xi will be stressful for President Barack Obama because the Chinese leader is a rival with whom one “can talk constructively in the areas in which one has differing viewpoints.”
So the pope’s travel plans came at just the right time. Washington is now allowing Mr. Xi’s visit to be overshadowed to a certain extent by the pope’s tour – and not without some pleasure.
Next Thursday, Pope Francis will become the first pope to address the U.S. Congress. During his speech, Mr. Xi will still be traveling to the country. His state dinner is not until Friday.