With President-elect Donald Trump’s consistent needling and goading of China, you would think his mission is to destroy any possibility of carrying on relations with China. One would assume that in his egomaniacal mind he believes this will pressure the world leader into accepting more favorable trade negotiations.
However, China is just laughing at Trump. CNN’s John Berman read an editorial that was printed in the state-run Global Times of China. The editorial mocked Trump and gave an idea of what China really thinks of the soon-to-be president of the United States.
‘Trump’s thinking about China is becoming increasingly clear: He wants China to make huge economic and trade concessions to the U.S. To achieve that, he is willing to stir certain calm areas in China-U.S. relations, including treating the Taiwan issues as his trump card. We were simply angry initially, but now we can’t help but laugh at this U.S. leader-in-waiting. Maybe American voters “promoted” him too quickly, his amateur remarks and over-confident manner are equally shocking.’
OUCH. Want some aloe vera for that burn?
Furthermore, another editorial in the Global Times focused on Trump’s “strategic arrogance” and how it could possibly lead to a crisis between the two nations.
‘In a changing landscape, enhancing one’s own strength is most important. Trump has shown strategic arrogance that is beyond America’s strength and he seems to be confident that anyone he asks will yield to him.
‘It is quite likely that China and the US will face a head-on confrontation. China must be quick in preparing for sharp provocations from the Trump administration. China’s win over this confrontation will serve as the basis for normal exchanges between the two in the future.’
The editorial also called for China to improve its relations with other countries stating:
‘China also needs to review its ties with other countries. It may have to improve relations with some countries so as to have more leverage in its game with the US.’
With China already having some ties to North Korea, this could prove to be disastrous if they decided to team up with the dictatorship, especially since Kim Jong-Un focuses on building a North Korean nuclear arsenal.
You can watch the video of Berman reading the editorial below.