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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

The new President-elect just can't keep his mouth shut


President -elect Donald Trump
Just coming off a major diplomatic faux pas by taking a call from Taiwan's President--a no-no since Beijing is recognized by the U.S. as China's head--Donald Trump has now "...accused China of keeping its currency artificially low and of military posturing in the South China Sea -- home to a tense territorial dispute." Here's Trump at his best...
"Did China ask us if it was OK to devalue their currency (making it hard for our companies to compete), heavily tax our products going into their country (the US doesn't tax them) or to build a massive military complex in the middle of the South China Sea? I don't think so!"
CNN reports there has been no reaction from Beijing yet on either issue as I reported earlier. But according "...to the People's Daily -- the Communist Party's official mouthpiece --"the call set a bad precedent." The spokesman for China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Lu Kang, says China is only interested in U.S. policy, not Donald Trump's style. The People's Daily also said, "China will not take it lightly.

This has to be the first time a President-elect has started a "war," with a foreign power before they even take office. I am, of course, speaking of a war of words. Chinese international relations expert, Victor Gao, said, "...that Trump could say what he liked as President-elect but his comments would have huge global consequences once in office." Sounds like a mandate to me from someone who is an expert on U.S.-China relations.

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