I have read all of Brian Cates articles but this one is right up there as one of his very best.
Xi is a hack. In his world, this is a great victory for China. He underestimates not just American power, but also Trump's genius.
And Xi doesn't seem to understand that everyone thinks the regime sucks. China is about as inspirational as a fart in an elevator.
Xi is single handedly destroying his own regime. He just doesn't get it.