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Trump’s War with China Gets Underway

January 6, 2017
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Year of the Rooster statue that looks like Trump.

Year of the Rooster statue that looks like Trump.

Donald Trump made China an enemy in his campaign. He said China stole jobs from U.S. workers. He said he would impose tariffs on goods made in China.

Soon after the elections, Trump spoke with the president of Taiwan. The Chinese say Taiwan is a province of China. It was the policy of the U.S. and other nations to go along with China. Trump upset the status quo with the telephone call.

Does China think about Trump? It is the Year of the Rooster in China. A town erected a statue that celebrates the year. It looks like Donald Trump.

Masks of Trump at Jinhua Partytime Latex Art and Crafts Factory in Zhejiang Province, China.

Masks of Trump at Jinhua Partytime Latex Art and Crafts Factory in Zhejiang Province, China.

Some uses of the word “Trump” in China are trademarks owned by Trump. Many others are not. The laws are sometimes vague. A company in China sells toilets. The name of the toilet is “Trump.” The owner said he did not name the toilet with Mr. Trump in mind. In Chinese, the company name means “innovate universally.”

Trump’s use of Twitter is a new issue. The Chinese people cannot see his tweets. The Chinese leadership is against the use of tweets in diplomacy.

For example, North Korea said it was building missiles that could reach the U.S. with a nuclear weapon.

Trump tweeted, “China has been taking out massive amounts of money & wealth from the U.S. in totally one-sided trade, but won’t help with North Korea. Nice!”

An official newspaper in China told Mr. Trump to shut up. It said, “Everyone recognizes the common sense that foreign policy is not child’s play. Even less is it like doing business deals. Twitter should not become an instrument of foreign policy.”

Trade is only one issue pending between China and the U.S. There are many others. For example, China is building up its military. China and Russia both want to grow at the expense of the U.S.

Donald Trump becomes President of the United States on January 20, 2017. So far, no one has any idea of what Trump will do about China and Russia. The world is holding its breath.

Source: The New York Times January 4, 2017

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