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Trump Trump-fu’s China December 5, 2016

Posted by geoff in News.

Trump freaked out the liberal press by taking a call from the president of Taiwan, the first time a president/president-elect talked directly with Taiwan since 1979. This was cited as evidence that Trump was an ignorant, clumsy fool with no appreciation for the subtle nuances of foreign policy.

But once again, Trump has performed an amazing act of Trump-fu.

He didn’t just freak out the liberal press, he freaked out China as well, putting it on the defensive and forcing it to scramble to reinforce a position it thought it had staked out more than 35 years ago. They just had a press conference on the subject:

Seeking to defuse any diplomatic tensions following Trump’s phone call with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, China’s Foreign Ministry said Mr. Trump’s people understand the importance of the issue to Beijing even as Trump took to Twitter to complain about Chinese economic and military policy.

“The whole world knows about the Chinese government’s position on the Taiwan issue.” ministry spokesman Lu Kang told a packed briefing room on Monday. He added that “Taiwan-related issues are the most important and sensitive part of the China-U.S relationship.  We believe Trump’s transition team is very clear on that.”

By pushing back on Taiwan, just a bit, China is now understanding that future trade negotiations will be conducted with everything on the table, and that they could lose significant ground if they’re not prepared to make concessions. This has been reinforce by Trump’s weekend tweets, which have emphasized disparities in the US-China trade relationship.

In short, China has been spending time, energy, and political cachet to address a 10-minute phone call between a president and a man who hasn’t even taken office yet. He set China back on its heels and fired a warning shot across its bow.

And he did it for free.


1. geoff - December 5, 2016

I was surprised to find myself writing this post – I was never a Trump fan, and didn’t expect him to handle foreign policy well.

So far, though, I’m very pleased.

2. Retired Geezer - December 5, 2016

Trump-fus China

Fus Ro Dah!

*geezer figures only 3 people will get that reference.

3. geoff - December 5, 2016

Had to look it up.

4. geoff - December 5, 2016

But it’s supposed to be “foos” as “kung fus.” Maybe it needs an apostrophe.

5. geoff - December 5, 2016

Does that look better?

6. Tushar - December 5, 2016

Geoff getting happy is a bigger scoop for Trump than putting those slitty eyed yellow bastards on the back foot.

7. skinbad - December 5, 2016

I hate the “one China” policy. It goes against everything we should (and claim to) be standing for as a nation. It makes us look like chickenshits.

8. geoff - December 5, 2016

Frickin’ Carter.

9. Will - December 7, 2016
10. Retired Geezer - December 8, 2016

*geezer attempts an awkward fist bump with Will*

11. Mark in NJ - December 12, 2016
12. skinbad - December 13, 2016

12 million sounds like an average Tuesday afternoon for Clinton Foundation. Of course I’m guessing their rates have gone down recently.

13. Tushar - December 13, 2016

Mark, Hillary’s take just from various middle eastern dictators is north of $100 million.

14. geoff - December 14, 2016

I’ll be back on Friday or Saturday. Heh.

15. Mark in NJ - December 16, 2016

Hmm don’t really remember writing that previous comment. I was at a show in NY that night so maybe I was a little “tired.” That said, a condemnation of Hilary’s influence-peddling isn’t really a refutation of Trump’s.

Anyway, here’s how my thinking has evolved since then…When it comes to core-values, Trump’s always been an empty vessel – the only things we can be sure he believes in are (1) unabated attention paid to him and (2) unprincipled money-grubbing.

Looking at his behavior over the past decades, I’d have said before the election that it was 50-50 whether Trump would run as a Democrat vs Republican. Hence it was incredibly lucky for the GOP that Trump broke in their direction and then miraculously won.

Now Trump’s made his ultimate deal: he surrenders all of the top administration posts to the hard right and in exchange, they (and GOP-led congress) don’t bother him while he pursues those two things he really believes, in from the biggest stage in the world.

Had it broken the other way, and Trump ran & won as a Democrat, the deal would be the same but it would be conservatives wringing their hands, gnashing teeth, etc. instead of the libs.

And now I gotta run – I’m late for my $60,000 cup of coffee with Ivanka.

16. geoff - December 16, 2016

I’m late for my $60,000 cup of coffee with Ivanka.

Nice to see you supporting private charity work for a change.

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