China’s relationship with the United States has been complicated, to say the least. Ever since Nixon visited China in 1972, China and the US have enjoyed somewhat warm relations, China and the US are major trading partners, and major players on the International Stage. However, we must keep in mind that the People’s Republic of China is an undemocratic state that has an abhorrent civil rights record, and frequently spies on its citizens in order to curb unrest.
Is it morally right to maintain relations with this country? Probably not. However, in order to bring gradual democratic change to the PRC, we must keep it globally engaged and peaceful. Alienating China will allow it to oppress its people, and make the people of China despise the United States. That is why it is so concerning for Leftish to hear of Donald Trump speaking with the President of Taiwan, and possibly ending the One China policy.
We are not friends of China, but we must ensure that we have good relations with them in order to avoid conflict, and bring about gradual change. Donald Trump’s diplomatic missteps are catastrophic to US-China relations. Already, Chinese state-run newspapers are calling Trump “Ignorant.”
Donald Trump knows nothing of the intricacies of foreign policy, neither does Mike Pence. This is the problem with electing a President with 0 experience.
China does or will perceive Donald Trump to be stupid and ignorant, and will try to take advantage of that, especially because of things like how he will not take daily intelligence briefings.
The President of the United States and leader of the Free World must be capable, informed, and diplomatic when dealing with other nations and cultures like the PRC. Donald Trump is not known for any of those things. We will be seen as ridiculous, and weak. The US must be able to stand for what it believes in, especially in fragile conflicts like what we are experiencing in the South China Sea.
Donald Trump will be a disaster as a Diplomat, and as a President. China, like Russia, will take advantage of his stupidity, and push the US around.