- On Thursday, US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping will meet in Mar-a-Lago
- Both leaders mistrust the media, long to restore their nation's glory and maintain conservative views, writes Michel Hockx
Michel Hockx is a Professor of Chinese literature and the Director of the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies at the University of Notre Dame. The views expressed in this commentary are his own.
(CNN)It is tempting to think of Trump and Xi as opposites -- in tweets, trade and otherwise -- but whatever divides these two men, what they share in common is both surprising and instructive: mistrust of the media, a longing to restore a nation's lost glory and conservative social views.