Donald Trump has once again become the target of a Chinese threat regarding his forthcoming presidency and how he’ll be expected to handle the communist superpower.
In recent months, China has made it very clear that they are no fans of the U.S. President-Elect, scolding him in November for taking a congratulatory phone call from the leadership in Taiwan after winning the 2016 election. Now, China has skipped the chastising and opted for direct threats against Trump.
“Chinese state media warned U.S. President-elect Donald Trump that he’ll be met with ‘big sticks’ if he tries to ignite a trade war or further strain ties.
“’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 Communist Party’s Global Times newspaper wrote in an editorial Thursday. The article was published in response to Trump picking Robert Lighthizer, a former trade official in the Ronald Reagan administration who has criticized Beijing’s trade practices, as U.S. trade representative.
“The latest salvo from state-run outlets followed others aimed at Peter Navarro, a University of California at Irvine economics professor and critic of China’s trade practices whom Trump named to head a newly formed White House National Trade Council. Those choices plus billionaire Wilbur Ross, the nominee for commerce secretary, will form an “iron curtain” of protectionism in Trump’s economic and trade team, according to the paper.
“The three share Trump’s anti-globalization beliefs and seem unlikely to keep building the current trade order, it said, adding that they will be more interested in disrupting trade. Souring relations could have serious ramifications for the economies: Americans are the biggest buyers of exports from China, the world’s largest trading nation.”
China has grown bold in the 8 years of Barack Obama’s presidency, as the democratic two-termer quietly acquiesced to the communists’ demands for the entirety of his time in the Oval Office. Donald Trump, with his passion for making America as great as it can be, will certainly show the U.S. a different approach.
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