Things are heating up between the President-elect and China. Unfortunately, the United States will be caught in the crosshairs.
China’s state-run newspaper wrote a brutal response to Trump lashing out at the country for finding (and then returning) a United States Navy research drone in international waters early Saturday morning.
Trump sent a total of two tweets on the subject, signaling how diplomatic of a president he will be once sworn in (tongue in cheek).
Trump later deleted the tweet to correct the spelling of “unpresidented” to “unprecedented.”
He then sent out a reply that caught everyone’s attention, telling China to just “keep it!” That doesn’t make any sense at all. They offered to return it. Perhaps Trump thinks that makes the U.S. look weak. In any case, he’s wrong.
So – for those responses – here is what China’s communist party had to say through their media-controlled arm:
“Trump is not behaving as a president who will become master of the White House in a month. He bears no sense of how to lead a superpower.”
They then – and this is where everyone needs to listen – started to threaten the incoming president – which means U.S. relations are going to take a major backseat.
“But if he treats China after assuming office in the same way as in his tweets, China will not exercise restraint. The Chinese government should be fully prepared for a hard-line Trump.”
In a video that was played hundreds of thousands of times, they then warned that China might even teach Trump a few lessons:
“I don’t know if he is playing the psychological card with China or is in fact just unprofessional… China should teach him some lessons so he might learn to respect China after he is sworn in.”
Part of the context to this story is that China was already on edge with Trump before this latest incident. In a dramatic change to U.S. standing policy for the last three decades, Trump decided to go out on his own and ignore the One China Policy of not speaking with Taiwanese leaders. Yet – President-elect Trump still had a phone call with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-Wen after being elected. This caused an international incident.
Trump has also been threatening China for some time now – so this is naturally just making things more difficult and leading to an escalation of events that were already in the making. Trump wants to impose a 45% tariff on Chinese goods.
Given that they are one of the United States biggest trading partners – who we rely on to also buy goods from the U.S. – it’s unclear how Trump will be successful with this approach.
Let’s just hope China doesn’t decide to fly any more nuclear bombers in an attempt to show a strength of force. We don’t need any more of that.