When Donald Trump was thousands of miles away from China, he talked tough. Then, something astounding happened when he stepped onto the tarmac in Beijing.
In the coming months and years ahead I look forward to building an even STRONGER relationship between the United States and China. 🇺🇸🇨🇳 pic.twitter.com/mK3SB7t3EV
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 9, 2017
The president-in-waiting said in a 2016 rally that China raped our country. According to CNN:
‘We can’t continue to allow China to rape our country and that’s what they’re doing. It’s the greatest theft in the history of the world.’
When he arrived in Beijing this week, Trump saw the Chinese schoolchildren on the tarmac waving U.S. and Chinese flags calling out, “I love you.”
That was when his Mr. Hyde disappeared and Dr. Jekyll came out full force.
Trump badmouthed China worse than any other country during his 2016 campaign. Things started changing when he invited Chinese President Xi Jinping to his Mar-a-Lago home after he came into office. All of a sudden, they were best buddies.
That lasted until he tried to outsource our North Korea problem to China.
Now that Trump has come to Xi’s home, he apparently forgot all about calling for large tariffs on goods the U.S. imports from China.
What about all that Chinese currency manipulation and abusive trade practices? Forgotten.
China, like other foreign countries, has learned that the way to Trump’s heart is through extreme flattery. Government officials threw him a big reception and a “state visit-plus.”
They took him to Beijing’s ancient Forbidden City and plied him with a series of complex theatrical performances “timed to coincide with the sunset,” according to CNN.
During the formal tea, the two men watched video clips of Trump’s granddaughter as she sang and recited ancient Chinese poetry. CNN reported that Trump said:
‘We’re having a great time.’
When Trump was in Japan Monday, according to CNN, he said:
‘It’s been a very unfair trade situation. Our trade deficit (with China) is massive. It’s hundreds of billions of dollars a year … It has to come down. (The U.S.) will take very, very strong action” against countries that he believes have taken advantage of the US.’
Then, 45 added:
‘You’re going to see a very big difference, and it’s going to happen very soon.’
Since Trump took office, he has set in motion a series of investigations into Chinese steel and aluminum imports plus theft of U.S. intellectual property.
He said that China has been destructive to our manufacturing, our deficit, and even the whole U.S. economy.
Though the president comes out harshly against China, what they may have learned is that Trump is not big on follow-through.
After the U.S. completed the reviews he requested, the president has held off on tariffs and other methods of protecting U.S. businesses.
A top White House official claimed this week that Trump would not back off on his trade agenda to get China to put pressure on North Korea and its threat of nuclear war.
Some progress has occurred. China did sign on to new U.N. Security Council sanctions after the administration halted its investigation into China’s theft of U.S. intellectual property.
While traveling aboard Air Force One on his way to Beijing, a top Trump official said the president intended to talk to Xi about:
‘Severe imbalances in the US-China economic relationship (and remedies for) grossly un-level playing field.’
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