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Former Amb. Hill: 'Kowtowing' to China Won't Work for Trump

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By    |   Thursday, 09 Nov 2017 08:24 AM

"Kowtowing" to China by praising it for taking advantage of the United States' weaknesses is not the way to get it to agree on action toward North Korea, former Ambassador Christopher Hill said Thursday.

"We need to explain why this is important to us," Hill, a former assistant secretary of state for East Asia, told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program. 

"[Explain] why the China relationship is important to us and why we need to work together on this. We need to show our own capacity and make clear to the Chinese we are actually going to deal with them. I think kowtowing to them and playing to the audience, flattering them, it may work with him, I'm not sure it will work with them."

The president, during a speech to business leaders in China on Thursday, criticized the country for its "very one-sided and unfair" trade practices, and called on its leaders to address the "shockingly" large trade deficit, Fox News reported.  

However, he said, to applause, that he gives China "great credit" for taking advantage of the difference.

"After all, who can blame a country for being able to take advantage of another country for the benefit of its citizens?" Trump commented.

He also blamed past U.S. administrations for allowing the trade deficit to grow out of control, which Hill called a "shot" at former President Barack Obama.

"First of all, it's a shot at President Obama, it's a shot at everybody," Hill told MSNBC. "On the one hand, there is a note of sarcasm in it. The other hand, maybe a note of being a football coach at halftime saying the other team is playing better."

But in a deeper sense, Hill said he'd like to see a "little note of pride" from Trump, and more about the achievements of the United States than to "suggest we are being fleeced by the Chinese."

Hill said that he was pleased to see that Trump, when in South Korea, said the United States will not put up with a nuclear North Korea.

"I think there is a lot of loose talk about the idea, 'gee we need to accept it and somehow contain it,'" Hill said. "I think we need to be firm, on that sort of narrow basis, I was pleased to see it and that he avoided the Rocket Man stuff.

I don't mind if he speaks harshly about North Korea. If there is a country to be spoken of harshly, that's North Korea."

But Trump needs to develop relationships with South Korea and hold that country and Japan close, while working with China.

Hill said he also does not think that it is odd for Trump to be planning a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, as it would be odd for the president to attend an international meeting and not speak with a national leader.

"The issue is not that he talks to him, but what does he say?" said Hill.

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"Kowtowing" to China by praising it for taking advantage of the United States' weaknesses is not the way to get it to agree on action toward North Korea, former Ambassador Christopher Hill said Thursday.
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