China Openly Trashes ‘Weak’ Trump Over Syrian Airstrike – Sh*t Just Got Real


Last week President Donald Trump met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in a meeting that would serve as a major diplomatic test for Trump, who spent much of his campaign attacking China for what he called unfair trade policies. Shortly after the meeting, Trump took to Twitter in a post that was cautiously optimistic. He said that he had formed a friendship between the two countries, but that trade was still up in the air.

We don’t know how the meeting went, but China’s state-run media was less than kind of its assessment of Trump’s attack on Syria. The New York Times reports that once Xi had left the United States, the country’s main media outlet, Xinhua, said the attack on Syria was a sign of the weakness of Trump’s administration.

‘Xinhua, the state news agency, on Saturday called the strike the act of a weakened politician who needed to flex his muscles. In an analysis, Xinhua also said Mr. Trump had ordered the strike to distance himself from Syria’s backers in Moscow, to overcome accusations that he was “pro-Russia.”

The Times also reports that some analysts in China thought the attack on Syria would a boon for China. Shen Dingli, a professor of international relations at Fudan University in Shanghai, went so far as to say he was happy for the attack since it would further mire the U.S. in the Middle East.

‘If the United States gets trapped in Syria, how can Trump make America great again? As a result, China will be able to achieve its peaceful rise,” Mr. Shen said, using a term Beijing employs to characterize its growing power. “Even though we say we oppose the bombing, deep in our hearts we are happy.”

Despite Trump’s tough talk regarding China, it appears that the country views him as little more than a paper tiger. One that might, unwittingly, aid China to the determinant of the United States.

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