Trump and China: A Case of a Foreign Policy Ignoramus acting smart

April 7, 2017

Trump and China: A Case of a Foreign Policy Ignoramus acting smart

by Louis Nelson
Louis Nelson is from Evanston, Illinois and is a graduate of George Washington University, where he was the sports editor of the school newspaper, The GW Hatchet.

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President Donald Trump said Thursday morning that “nobody really knows” what will happen at his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, where he said issues surrounding trade and North Korea’s recent missile test are expected to be on the table.

“Well, it’s going to be very interesting. Nobody really knows,” Trump told Fox News’ Pete Hegseth in an impromptu interview on “Fox & Friends,” the president’s preferred morning news show. “We have not been treated fairly on trade for many, many years. No president’s taken care of that the way they should have. And we have a big problem with North Korea; we’re going to see what happens.”

As a presidential candidate, Trump made getting tough with China a regular talking point, promising to label it a currency manipulator on Day One of his administration. But while the President has continued making his pledge to put the U.S. in a stronger position on international trade, he has yet to follow through on his promise to name China a currency manipulator.

On North Korea, which tested a ballistic missile earlier this week, Trump has called on China to stabilize the famously bellicose regime of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. China, for its part, has expressed concern about the deployment of American THAAD missile defense systems in South Korea.

“Well, we’re going to see what happens, Pete,” Trump said of anticipated talks on North Korea. “But I will tell you, we’ll be in there pitching, and I think we’re going to do very well.”

8 thoughts on “Trump and China: A Case of a Foreign Policy Ignoramus acting smart

    • Both Trump and MO1 are major stains on the political history of their respective countries.

      Future generations will look back in amazement on how these two individuals (one an ignoramus extreme narcissist, and the other a (Third) world class kleptocrat) managed to become top leaders, and how significant % of their respective populations supported them.

  1. This is a weird summit. Xi’s visit is definitely not a state visit. It’s not an official visit, not a working visit and not a private visit. Both sides are saying the meeting is just to get to know each other.

    Everything went on extremely cordially, with a lot of smiles and Trump at his best behavior, until they sat down for dinner and Tomahawk missiles beginning to rain down over Syria. The American military has taken the unilateral attack against Syria.

    Is this all planned and timed to intimidate China? Just like in Hongmen Yan (鸿门宴 Feast at Hong Gate) where Xiang Yu’s general displayed his sword skills to intimidate Liu Bang? If planned, the timing is very poor. They should have waited one more day until Xi left. I wonder how China will react in tomorrow’s lunch meeting.

    Will this attack on Syria escalate into direct confrontation between the United States and Russia and Iran?

  2. Timing of lawless air strike, (though appears limited),on Syrian and the location of the summit suggests premeditated intimidation, and humiliation of China and the US Congress

    It is not a good start.
    I think China will probably issue statement only after President Xi has left USA.

    Nevertheless, President Trump has taken the law into his own hands, internationally and domestically, which begs the question ,
    Who is more a terror, ISIS or USA or both ?

    • Extremists from Daesh and from the Far Right in the USA (such as Bannon) and Europe (such as Geert Wilders) would be very happy if they can get people to hate and fight each other.

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