The next president hasn’t even been sworn in and he has foreign countries cursing his every tweet.
Foreign leaders struggle in responding to the maverick president-elect who fires up any conversation he wants with 140 characters or less.
China is so flabbergasted that its pro-communist, state-run media is making big threats that it will make Americans pay for Trump’s threats!
Trump’s response is to appoint a harsh critic of Chinese trade practices. Trump’s appointment answers any Chinese threat of big sticks with a powerful tone that China’s bullying will be met head on by the new administration.
China’s state-run tabloid, The Global Times, on Thursday warned President-Elect Donald Trump, as reported by The World Post.
The editorial said his angry tweets targeting the country over trade had given Beijing officials plenty of time to prepare…
“There are flowers around the gate of China’s Ministry of Commerce, but there are also big sticks hidden inside the door – they both await Americans,” the paper said.
Sticks and stones may break bones of innocent people in China, but words will never hurt Trump. He is the master of artful, or just plain direct, words.
Apparently Trump’s choice of watchdog over trade aggravated the Chinese as much as his tweets.
The threat was made in response to Trump’s selection of Robert Lighthizer, a vocal critic of Chinese trade practices, as U.S. trade representative. The editorial was published on the same day that China’s foreign minister, Wang Yi, told U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that the two countries should develop ties in the proper direction, amid unease in Beijing over Trump’s comments on Taiwan and trade.
China is upset Trump doesn’t act like he will roll over and let China do whatever it wants on the far side of the world.
The ministry cited Secretary of State John Kerry as saying maintaining the “one China” policy was the position of both of the main U.S. parties, the Democrats and Trump’s Republicans.
The United States, which switched diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to China in 1979, has acknowledged the Chinese position that there is only “one China” and that Taiwan is part of it.
China has claimed sovereignty over Taiwan since 1949, when Mao Zedong’s Communist forces won the Chinese civil war and Chiang Kai-shek’s Nationalists fled to the island.
That might be the stance of the current administration, but Trump tends to do things differently. While he may ultimately follow US policy, he had no problem speaking directly with the current Taiwan leader. Taiwan claims independence as a democratic state separate from China.
Trump accepted a congratulatory phone call from the Taiwan after winning the presidential election. He proudly tweeted about the call afterward.
That’s when China pitched a hissy-fit and started its threats against the president-elect.
The Xinhua state news agency, which usually reflects government thinking, this week chided Trump for his proclivity for criticising China on Twitter, saying the social media platform “should not become a foreign policy tool,”
The Global Times routinely prints provocative, hawkish editorials that other state-run Chinese media are typically too restrained to publish. The tabloid has increasingly taken aim at Trump in the last year.
Trump knows he’s walking around with a target on him. He takes it in stride, almost relishes it.
Foreign countries need to realize he’ll hear their cries and whining, just like the liberals, and then he’ll respond accordingly. He’s not going to bow to their demands.
Trump plans to follow his words with action once president. Foreign leaders might not like the big sticks he’ll bring to the table after Jan. 20.
Source: The World Post