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China Won't Be Dictating to Donald Trump

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Wednesday, 07 Dec 2016 12:56 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Donald Trump’s unorthodox style dominated the headlines yet again.

The incoming commander in chief had conversations with foreign leaders without the “guidance” of State Department officials, including speaking with the Taiwanese leader, something not occurring since 1979.

This set off a firestorm of protest from China.

Given the implications of such moves, which sent tremors across the world’s diplomatic corps and generated a backlash from many editorial boards and foreign policy “experts,” let’s look at what it portends for the future:

  • Wow. Just wow. Like him or not, it’s hard not to have at least a begrudging admiration for how Trump is breaking long-held protocols that often placed other nation’s interests ahead of America’s. He is addressing many white elephants in a no-nonsense way. It is a breath of fresh air to see a leader tackle issues that were only whispered in foreign service circles.
  • Sure, Trump has been criticized for not inviting State Department policy wonks. So what? It’s not like Trump is negotiating trade deals in his thirty-minute calls. But if you listen to the elites, you’d think the sky was falling because Trump the Barbarian was undermining all their work. There will be a time and place for the State Department — but now isn’t it. Instead, this is where Trump, with cordiality yet firmness, is proclaiming there’s a new sheriff in town,and the rules have changed.
  • Upset “insiders” shows they are more concerned about their own world changing than what’s best for the country. The only self-interest in play should be America’s.Many diplomats are fretting because Trump is choosing to talk with both China and Taiwan, to both India and Pakistan. In doing so, the President-elect is jeopardizing the delicate nuances so “painstakingly” put in place to maintain fragile relationships and ensure no gets “offended.”
  • Here’s some advice. Grow up, and get over yourselves.
  • The Chinese President is upset. Great. Knock yourself out by whining and lodging complaints. All this consternation, by the way, over a simple congratulatory call. Yet the Obama Administration played into the hype by “seeking to reassure China.” Reassure them of what? That it sides with them in deciding to whom the incoming president of the United States should, and should not, talk? Yeah, but heightening tensions by deliberately flying Chinese nuclear-capable bombers around Taiwan right before Trump’s phone call is okay? And we’re just supposed to pretend that wasn’t an attempt to intimidate? But calling Trump a “diplomatic rookie” is acceptable?

These people babble more incoherently than teenage girls on social media, inventing problems where there weren’t any. High in their ivory towers, the diplomatic critics justify their existence by pretending they orchestrate a masterful chess game, each move a calculated decision, with the security of the world in the balance. Let’s be honest: there’s far too much tip-toeing through secret back channels so as not to “offend.” It’s time we cut the bull, trim the fat, and engage in respectful but frank conversations so that there’s no misconstruing America’s position. As the world’s most powerful (and benevolent) nation, the U.S. needs to reassert itself on the world stage accordingly.

  • Trump is upending the status quo for good reason. Things aren’t fine. We are still bogged down in the Mideast quagmire. We aren’t energy independent, mandating our reliance on Mideast oil barons. We have harmful trade policies. (Could Trump addressing them, therefore, be the real reason for China’s angst?). We have a $20 trillion dollar debt. We have seen the greatest transfer of wealth in human history — U.S. dollars flowing to China and the Mideast. The list goes on.

Business-as-usual must end, because the status quo is what got us into this situation in the first place. If you can rattle China that easily, you’re on to something. And Trump didn’t even talk about China’s human rights violations, massive polluting, religious intolerance, and destruction of the environment.

Clearly, continued American interaction will do more to lift the Chinese people from oppression than anything else. But we need common sense policies that level the playing field.

On that count, Donald Trump is off to a great start. In 1981, the nation’s air traffic controllers went on strike. Many thought that newly-elected Ronald Reagan had no choice but to cave. But he didn’t. Instead, he fired them, setting the tone that he was a leader unafraid to take on the establishment, with the political courage to see things through. And the rest is history.

It’s premature to make Reagan-Trump comparisons. But with history as his guide, an unconventional style — and his courage — Donald Trump may yet surprise us all.

Until then, it’s Chinese on the menu at Trump Tower. That’s no diplomatic nuance.

Chris Freind is an independent columnist, television commentator, and investigative reporter who operates his own news bureau, Freindly Fire Zone Media. Read more reports from Chris Freind — Click Here Now.

 

 

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Clearly, continued American interaction will do more to lift the Chinese people from oppression than anything else. But we need common sense policies that level the playing field. On that count, Donald Trump is off to a great start.
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