Chinese Officials Demand That Trump Stop Tweeting About Any And Everything


Do you ever get tired of Donald Trump’s constant tweeting? If so, you aren’t alone. According to the New York Times, Chinese officials are also growing tired of Trump’s character-limited take on diplomacy.

The state’s official news agency, Xinhua, has run an article with the headline “An Obsession With Twitter Diplomacy Is Undesirable.” The article took a jab at Trump’s business experience by saying, “Everyone recognizes the common sense that foreign policy isn’t child’s play, and even less is it like doing business deals.”

The article appears to have been written in response to Trump’s latest tweet which accuses China of refusing to cooperate on the issue of North Korea.

‘China has been taking out massive amounts of money & wealth from the U.S. in totally one-sided trade, but won’t help with North Korea. Nice!’

Like many people, Chinese officials seem baffled by Trump’s insistence on using Twitter to make foreign policy announcements. The medium is certainly useful for communicating with voters, but the public nature and limited amount of character make it a poor choice for discussing something as sensitive as foreign policy.

Beyond the character-limit, Trump’s use of sarcasm is likely baffling to Chinese leaders. It can be difficult to interpret written tone when something is written in your own language. Beyond that, open sarcasm is rarely used by Chinese officials.

One small silver lining is that Trump is unlikely to be getting into any Twitter wars with Chinese officials since the country banned the service in 2009.

Beyond the most recent Tweet about North Korea, Trump has frequently used Twitter to criticize China. Last month, he issued a series of tweets condemning China for their fiscal policies.

‘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 U.S. doesn’t tax them) or to build a massive military complex in the middle of the South China Sea? I don’t think so!’

Despite China’s complaints, it’s unlikely that Trump will stop tweeting anytime soon. Incoming White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said the President-Elect will continue tweeting because it “gets results.”

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