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China: A Protocol Gaffe Or A Political Message In Air Force One Rebuke

The G20 summit of the world's top economies held recently in Hangzhou, China, was a big show short on substance. But one important incident flew under the radar that the media, conveniently or ignorantly, failed to highlight its importance: How the Chinese treated the beleaguered president of the United States. Diplomatic norms mandate a respectful protocol for taxiing a presidential plane into place and providing the rolling staircase for dignified departure from the aircraft for heads of state.
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