The Associated Press is reporting that China has granted preliminary approval for 38 new trademarks filed for by the Trump Organization.
There’s a bit of background to cover before we get to the rest of the story.
At present, the United States is moving forward with new anti-missile defense systems in the far east as a response to increased threats from North Korea. Last weekend, the tiny nation carried out a number of missile test launches over the Sea of Japan. Those test launches were followed by a statement from the North Korean government that the launches were intended to probe the nation’s ability to hit U.S. military bases in Japan.
Thus, as mentioned, the United States has newly deployed a number of anti-missile defense systems to the area, stationing them in South Korea. These defenses are intended to shoot any offending missiles out of the sky before they can reach their target.
Well, apparently, China isn’t happy with these new anti-missile defense systems being deployed to the area by the United States. The nation is and has been on high alert for any actions of the United States that it can spin into a threat to Chinese power. That’s what the Chinese have done on the occasion of these anti-missile defense systems being newly deployed by the United States.
Now then, enter Trump. You’d think that someone who has achieved the office of President of the United States would at least have the clear capability to quickly produce a plan to deal with China’s meddling in our defense strategies.
That, however, is not the case.
The only thing that can really be said about Trump and China is that, as mentioned, the Trump Organization just got a number of trademarks approved for which they applied in spring 2016. All but 3 of these trademarks are filed specifically under the president’s name.
As printed in the Business Insider:
‘China has granted preliminary approval for 38 new Trump trademarks, paving the way for President Donald Trump and his family to develop a host of branded businesses from hotels to insurance to bodyguard and escort services, public documents show… All but three are in the president’s own name.’
Now then, these trademarks being approved presents a clear inroad for blackmail, quite frankly. After all, President Trump surely wouldn’t want to do anything to upset the Chinese after they so graciously approved the trademarks for which his company applied, right?
That is, at the very least, certainly what the Chinese are hoping for.
That’s not all — the Chinese apparently approved the trademark applications in record time, as yet another way to try and gain favor with and control over the current U.S. president.
Another country using threatening Trump’s business interests as a negotiating tactic has already happened at least once before since Trump took office. Turkey, earlier this year, jailed a leading real estate developer that was involved with Trump’s Turkish businesses, all in an effort to get Trump to extradite someone to Turkey who the Turkish government wanted to put on trial.
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