Here We Go – China State Media Attacks Trump on Trade Using Unusually Harsh Terms…

If there was a five-click dial available as a severity meter between the U.S. and China, something happened internally in Beijing, over the last 72 hours, because that dial just triggered movement from 3 to 4… Keep watching everything in the world of geopolitics with a mental 360° radar sweep looking for Chinese influence/interests.

Nuance and subtlety is everything in China. Culturally harsh tones are seen as a sign of weakness and considered intensely impolite in public displays between officials; especially within approved and released statements by officials representing the government.

Therefore, when we see China publicly use strong language – it indicates a level of internal disposition beyond the defined western angst. Big Panda becomes Red Dragon; there is no mid-status or evolutionary phase.

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China’s state media on Monday lashed out at the policies of U.S. President Donald Trump in an usually direct attack, accusing him of “starring in his own carefully orchestrated street fighter-style deceitful drama”.

Trump’s wish for others to play along with his drama is “wishful thinking,” the ruling Communist Party’s People’s Daily newspaper said in an editorial.

The editorial said the United States had escalated trade friction with China, and turned international trade into “zero-sum game”.

“Governing a country is not like doing business,” the editorial said, arguing that Trump’s actions imperiled the national credibility of the United States.  (link)

Historic Chinese geopolitical policy, vis-a-vis their totalitarian control over political sentiment (action) and diplomacy through silence, is evident in the strategic use of the space between carefully chosen words, not just the words themselves.

Each time China takes aggressive action (red dragon) China projects a panda face through silence and non-response to opinion of that action;…. and the action continues. The red dragon has a tendency to say one necessary thing publicly, while manipulating another necessary thing privately.  The Art of War.

President Trump is the first U.S. President to understand how the red dragon hides behind the panda mask.

There is no doubt in my mind that President Trump has a very well thought out long-term strategy regarding China. President Trump takes strategic messaging toward the people of china very importantly. President Trump has, very publicly, complimented the friendship he feels toward President Xi Jinping; and praises Chairman Xi for his character, strength and purposeful leadership.

It is specifically because Trump understands Panda is a mask that President Trump messages warmth toward the Chinese people, and pours vociferous praise upon Xi Jinping, while simultaneously confronting the geopolitical doctrine of the Xi regime.

In essence Trump is mirroring the behavior of China while confronting their economic duplicity.

China has no cultural or political space between peace and war; they are a historic nation based on two points of polarity.  They see peace and war as coexisting with each other.

China accepts and believes opposite or contrary forces may actually be complementary, interconnected, and interdependent in the natural world, and they may give rise to each other as they interrelate to one another.  Flowing between these polar states is a natural dynamic to be used -with serious contemplation- in advancing objectives as needed.

Peace or war. Win or lose. Yin and Yang. Culturally there is no middle position in dealings with China; they are not constitutionally capable of understanding or valuing the western philosophy of mutual benefit where concession of terms gains a larger outcome.  If it does not benefit China, it is not done. The outlook is simply, a polarity of peace or war.  In politics or economics the same perspective is true.  It is a zero-sum outlook.

The only way to change the behavior of Red Dragon is to control the outcomes; to position an economic benefit for China IF a change in direction is taken.  There must be a visible upside, a highly visible upside, to initiate any Chinese contemplation for a change in direction.

If the confrontation only includes the avoidance of economic pain, China does not have the capability to negotiate from that reference point.  If the terms are only avoidance, Beijing will fight, even to their own economic extinction if needed, to retain their current position.

In the Eastern mindset there must be an upside for China where they can reconcile, mentally, logically and intellectually, the change in course.  No upside equals no change.

Because the framework for these negotiations are based on the zero-sum disposition, President Trump also will not back down from his position.  The U.S. holds most of the trade leverage and the economic issue must be addressed.  President Trump has waited three decades for this moment.  President Trump will also not delay this confrontation for the political comfort of those around him.

This specific President entered office without any IOU’s for the multinational business community, and his entire team are entirely prepared for this.  The question is: are we?

The United States is  finally confronting the geopolitical Red Dragon, China!

The Olive branch and arrows denote the power of peace and war. The symbol in any figure’s right hand has more significance than one in its left hand. Also important is the direction faced by the symbols central figure. The emphasis on the eagles stare signifies the preferred disposition. An eagle holding an arrow also symbolizes the war for freedom, and its use is commonly referred to the liberation fight of righteous people from abusive influence. The eagle on the original seal created for the Office of the President showed the gaze upon the arrows.

The Eagle and the Arrow – An Aesop’s Fable

An Eagle was soaring through the air. Suddenly it heard the whizz of an Arrow, and felt the dart pierce its breast. Slowly it fluttered down to earth. Its lifeblood pouring out. Looking at the Arrow with which it had been shot, the Eagle realized that the deadly shaft had been feathered with one of its own plumes.

Moral: We often give our enemies the means for our own destruction.

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250 Responses to Here We Go – China State Media Attacks Trump on Trade Using Unusually Harsh Terms…

  1. Dean S says:

    So, if Trump hits 6% GDP, will the BEC go back to one quarter in 2014 and increase that Obama GDP to 6.5 just so Trump can’t say he had the best ever GDP.
    Just asking, because when Trump’s 4.1 GDP reported, BEC adjusted past quarters to include an increase in a quarter in 2014 to 5.

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    • qzy says:

      Probably. When Obama was still in office, overly-optimistically economic projections were trumpeted across the networks. When the inevitibly lower revised numbers came out later, they were just whispered about, if mentioned at all. Literally, every time.

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    • I didn’t know you could retcon a GDP!

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      • Carrie2 says:

        Shelley, but that is what they are exactly doing and it is sooo phony it is pitiful. On China, Trump knows what must be done and so does China, so sooner or later there will be a decision that suits both. I think China is surprised that we have a president who knows how to wheel and deal and not the sops we have had. Frankly, with more entrepreneurship, the Chinese are wanting more of our products and so a lot of thinking and deviation will happen before a real deal is reached that doesn’t junk us.

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    • Daniel Staggers says:

      Actually, if you balance just half of our trade imbalance, we’ll gain another four points to growth. That would put our economy at almost 9% growth. Whether you want to give Trump credit for it doesn’t matter. Liberal commie pigs don’t give Trump credit for breathing. Don’t know much about much, do ya?

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    • Kaco says:

      Did they actually go back and edit Obama’s numbers?

      I really don’t remember Obama’s GDP above 2%.

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    • snellvillebob says:

      Why wouldn’t they? Obama had NASA and NOAA “Adjusting” historical temperaters around the world to show that climate change was real. They net effect on most rational humans is that man made climate change is so insignificant as to be nonsense.

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    • Rachel Guess says:

      For eight long years of the most corrupt and incompetent administration in my lifetime, I heard little more than ‘blame bush’ from obama and his cronies for anything/everything negative that happened in the US. I have no doubt that they will also spend the entirety of the Trump administration years through January 2025 trying to claim credit for President Trump’s accomplishments.

      We dodged way more than a bullet when President Donald Trump was elected in 2016 thank the heavens!

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  2. Just wait until President Trump leverages more trade with India in the coming months!

    The Panda will freak out and it won’t be pretty…
    🙂

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    • Carrie2 says:

      Golden Advice, pandas are rough and tough animals so you feed and treat them very carefully. We enjoyed seeing them in Cheng Du where they actually born and raise them. Babies are cute but 2 yr. olds even cuter and after that watch out! Good claws and teeth!

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    • TMonroe says:

      “Peters then laid out what may be the best long-term foreign policy recommendation for Trump, or any other administration: crash China…

      “Engineering a decade of rolling Chinese financial crises would be the most effective foreign policy the US could run.” Forget about the South China Sea, don’t bother with more aircraft carriers, just let Beijing try to cope with their financial system.

      “And we’re 80% of the way there – we instigated a trade war, implemented a massive fiscal stimulus, which created the room to raise interest rates. The combined policy mix makes capital want to leave at the same time it makes the dollar more attractive and effectively shuts down new investment inflows to China.”

      … because if the US doesn’t do it first, China will have no problems doing it to the US when the time comes some time in the next 2 decades.”

      Exactly. This is for our own survival.

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  3. Nan says:

    Sundance, I always enjoy your international relations pieces – you seem to have a firm grasp of the subject matter.

    On China, however, I would go a step further than what you do when looking at why and how the Chinese say things. It is true that nuance and subtlety is key in their diplomatic language, but it is equally true that they approach the negotiating table loaded up with lies. Literally nothing in their starting position will be true. They’re confused by the fact that we’re honest and up front; they view directness as weakness. Again, everything they say is a lie, or at least, is mostly untrue. We can never really get them to be honest about anything. For the West, it takes strong force of will, direct threats, and an ability to see through BS in order to deal with them effectively.

    I spent some time over there in college in what I’ll call an internship program that occasionally touched the embassy, and this was the one thing the staff there emphasized. Lying is a cultural value, and you have to adjust everything you say to them accordingly.

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  4. If anyone is interested in learning more about Chinese cultural and governmental mindset/s there’s a Chinese show called “Qin Empire: Alliance”. It’s over 50 episodes (all subtitled) but I think that it perfectly illustrates their duplicity as an institutional artifact in multinational negotiations. The show is obviously a Chinese State production which showcases what they pride themselves on culturally.

    SD is correct, they pride themselves on deceitfulness in negotiations – every move they make is geared towards domination with only a temporary regard for mutual benefit, as a tool to gain a strategic position to ultimately dominate -everywhere and everyone. They look at every encounter and method as tools and opportunities to conquer anyone, not ingroup.

    It’s no small task to get through the entire series, but I wanted to gain insight into their collective psyche and I believe that this show is one heck of a good start. It’s critical to understand the esprit de corps of your enemy.

    Also, if anyone has any good books on the subject please let me know. Thanks for another great article ya’ll.

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    • qzy says:

      True. The Chinese People want to be #1 at everything. They want to have the best cities in the world, the best technology, the best schools, the best culture, and the best people, the best (insert here).

      Is that any different than you want for America? Then why is it bad when another country wants the same thing you do for your country?

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      • WSB says:

        You miss the entire point of SD’s presentation. The Chinese means of being best is to destroy everyone else. The US means of being best is to engage in win win situations with others…lifting all boats.

        Knowing that, the US is in a unique position, with double the GDP, of determining the Chinese Government’s future…by leveling them economically. Nixon never knew what a Pandora’s Box he opened.

        Think of this situation of undeclared war. The US is finally responding.

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      • I think that you’re missing the mutually beneficial aspect of what’s being said.

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        • mickjt says:

          Actually the real piece of sheet in the punch bowl are our crooked politicians that make money selling out America to the likes of the Chinese, the EU, Iran,…the list is long. That is why the Deep State is so upset at Pres. Trump. He KNOWS what and how they are screwing us. We need to vote for more help so we can get past all the criminals in our govt! Hitlery’s antics selling out America is the TIP of a HUGE iceberg of corruption!

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    • Carrie2 says:

      Golden Advice, pandas are rough and tough animals so you feed and treat them very carefully. We enjoyed seeing them in Cheng Du where they actually born and raise them. Babies are cute but 2 yr. olds even cuter and after that watch out! Good claws and teeth! I have visited China many times and studied there at Zheijiang Uni, and all my dealings in purchases were by very honest vendors because they know if they cheat you lose tourist money, and some will want to “deal” but just hang in there because I learned how to “deal” with many yrs. living in Mexico. They also sell our great products at a very high price to their people, so a lot of stuff first and then down to real business.

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  5. Daniel says:

    This is a geopolitical example of why multi-culturalism does not and cannot work. A single culture knows the rules and plays by them in a general sense. But under multi-culturalism, there is no general agreement on the rules themselves. Multiple people playing by multiple rules does not usually produce results which are ‘fair’ or ‘reasonable.’

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  6. TMonroe says:

    On cue:

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/north-korea-urges-us-drop-124310489.html

    “North Korea’s state media called on Monday for the United States to ditch crippling economic sanctions as a reward for Pyongyang’s show of good faith in ending its nuclear weapons testing and transferring the remains of American troops killed in the Korean War.

    The calls came just days after a confidential United Nations report concluded that the pariah regime has not stopped its nuclear and missile programmes, and continues to conduct illegal trades of oil, coal and other commodities, reported Reuters.”

    My my, however did Reuters get their hands in such a timely fashion on a “confidential” report?

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    • qzy says:

      Haha!…….. No.
      Not until American inspectors can visit any potential location where Norks can test nukes.

      Liked by 1 person

    • mickjt says:

      The answer is Hell NO! Until the Norks totally disarm Nukes and stop murdering their citizens we should not give in…Hey Rocket Boy, you don’t get a trophy for talking the talk!

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  7. 335blues says:

    A great question, “are we ready?”.
    I personally am ready.
    I am the world’s greatest ANTI-COMMUNIST
    for reasons of my own.
    I will always choose to fight communism on any
    and all fronts almost regardless of the costs.
    For if communism wins the world of free men is dead.
    To my last breath I grapple with thee.

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  8. Daniel Staggers says:

    Remember: If you balance just half of our trade imbalance, we’ll gain another four points to growth. That would put our economy at almost 9% growth. Whether you want to give Trump credit for it doesn’t matter.

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  9. daughnworks247 says:

    We often here biz channel pundits scream about our Chinese debt…..but…..
    What if the Chinese owed the USA money?
    What if we could tie up the 1.3 trillion in USA bonds held by the Chinese government?
    ***Sidenote: US bond debt (part of our 21.2 trillion in national debt) held by the Chinese was 1.6 trillion, and is now, 1.3 trillion. Hmmm, 1.6-1.3 = 300 billion USD. Coincidentally, the Chinese recently put 76 billion into the banks and 200 billion into announced infrastructure spending (building more ghost cities?). That’s 276 billion versus 300 billion, oddly similar numbers, could it be the Chinese are shuffling money? What do you do when you are in trouble financially, when your stock market is down 25%? You cash out and pawn jewelry, right? Are the Chinese in trouble?
    What if, at the exact moment the Chinese needed emergency access to their piggy bank (USA bonds), we cut them off?

    Are we ready to play dirty? Finally? Forget playing dirty, how about, “Is America finally ready to grow a spine and demand the Chinese play fairly?”.
    I’ve been thinking about this one since the 1980’s. It’s a common late night subject for securities traders drinking too much Scotch. SURELY, men like Ross, Mnuchin, and PDJT already know the story of Chinese debt. If it bothers lil’ ole me, in small town USA, what does that tell you? Let’s follow the money, the trillions which are at stake, and play debt collector.

    Remember Chiang Kai Shek, then the Communist Revolution, 1946-1950ish? Chinese debt from WW2 was also significant. It takes a lot of money to fight wars. Did you know the USA gave a ‘credit’ to the Chinese gov’t in WW2 of 500 MILLION dollars and shipped GOLD to China in 1942? In 1979, allegedly, Carter came to an agreement to write off the debt…… but I bet Mnuchin could find a hole in that contract. At a historical rate of 7%, that 500 million is worth 384 BILLION dollars today (yes, we compounded it). To be objective, we could claim the debt was settled – or not. So, we might have a claim to the 384 billion – or not.

    There is NO dispute the regular bond holders were not paid in full. Some bond holders WERE paid, thus legally, the Chinese have ‘accepted’ the debt. Regular USA citizens, about 20K regular Americans (maybe a few Europeans – our grandparents), bought Chinese bonds from 1913 -about 1940. Those bonds were worth an estimated 750 billion in 2012 – or about 1.3-1.4 TRILLION today. The debt was never settled. These bonds ARE traceable, unlike untraceable bearer bonds (think Die Hard movie).
    And guess what?
    Here’s the real kicker.
    The vehicle for the recovery of the funds already exists in US law, international law, and commonly accepted by all countries of the world. Many US citizens tried to recovery their money in the 80’s-90’s but OUR government ignored the problem because it did not want to ‘rock the boat’ with the Chinese. Are we ready to rock the boat?
    In this article linked below, Obama was reluctant to confront the Chinese. To be fair to Obama, Bush, Clinton, Bush, Reagan, Carter, Nixon, etc., were also reluctant to push the issue because the Chinese ignored the debt. Obviously, we don’t have that problem with PDJT AND the geopolitical situation has changed.
    Snip – remember this article is from 2012
    “All that has to happen is that Obama issue a proclamation to stand up the corporation, and a staff, at the SEC. The bondholders would bring their bonds in for examination and verification of the certificates and serial numbers. Then the corporation could get about settling the issue through payment, reissue of bonds, restructuring or even settling the debt. The reality is that a settlement could benefit everyone. Yes, it will be politically distasteful in Beijing. But in all likelihood, a settlement would likely be struck for a fraction of the face value of the bonds (or not – my emphasis added). Unlike 1949, China today has the ability to pay. It would be seen as good faith by Americans.”

    Yes, the Chinese owe us (and a few Europeans) about 1.8 trillion or at least 1.3-1.4 trillion. Yeah, they really do. Should we put that 1.3 trillion of USA bonds in something like an ‘escrow’ account for future settlements? It makes sense to me, in lil’ ole small town America. Gee, that would make regular USA citizens ‘whole’ and starve the Chinese of another American piggy bank. A two-fer for President Trump and MORE leverage for trade negotiations + DPRK nukes. Plus, we could ratchet up the propaganda and shame China for welching on their debts….. which is true….. and it’s considered incredibly dishonorable in Chinese culture to owe debt. YUGE shame on the Chinese.

    Here is the cherry on top. The amount of interest the USA has been paying to the Chinese on the 1.6 trillion, now 1.3 trillion, is roughly 2/3’rds the amount of interest on student loan debt. We’re paying the Chinese, when they owe us money, while our kids are paying interest on their student loans. Now THAT’s what AntiFa should be fighting for…..

    Ready to play hardball America? My money is on President Trump, Mnuchin, and Ross. It’s time for China to pay up.

    http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2012-05-23/chinas-secret-it-owes-americans-nearly-1-trillion

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  10. Meatzilla says:

    President Trump and his highly competent administration has got this. However, if by some fluke it should get exceptionally nasty, well, we’ll just have to get our plastic crap from someplace else. Big deal. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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  11. Summer says:

    Sun Tzu Art of War is basically Art of Deception.

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    • qzy says:

      Are you even American?

      British sodiers marched in formation, in Red Coats, so EVERYONE could see them coming.

      Our guys hid behind trees, houses, hills, shrubs, whatever. THAT’S deception. Sometimes, it’s not wrong.

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  12. Arthur says:

    To think that all President Trump is asking China is a super reasonable “Just stop the f**ing theft of our IP and reduce the trade deficit “. I’m sure that if China, in good faith, would cut like 80% of the theft and reduce the deficit to $100 Billion or so, DT would go along.

    But no ! They DEMAND the right to suck you dry and spit you out. So after leaving just a shell out of you to administer you the final blow, leaving you weak and dependent – and then for generations to come laugh at your stupidity and weakness.

    It’s not enough that the West, in its stupidity, greed and weakness gave them the technology that had previously assured West superiority, gave them capital, markets and know-how.
    It’s not enough they lifted hundreds of millions out of poverty at the expense of American worker.
    It’s not enough they stole everything they could put their hands on and bribed the politicians.
    Nope. They want to continue the same way – or ELSE.
    Think about their impudence and contempt when right in your face they DEMAND they continue to rob you blind – or else.

    Mind-boggling is the cowardice and fecklessness of politicians and all former presidents.
    Until DT came along there wasn’t even a whisper about this historical fraud.

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    • G. Combs says:

      Actually the Chinese want us DEAD!

      They feel contempt for other Asians like the Koreans and Japanese so think how they view us after China’s century of humiliation at the hands of the UK and the USA? (Opium Wars)

      I haven’t decided whether they want whites as slaves or just plan dead so they can expand into our fertile land.

      This is why I can not understand WHY anyone with two brain cells to rub together wanted anything to do with Communist China.
      …..

      OH and if you want real nightmares…

      Fukushima and Chernobyl: Myth versus Reality – World Nuclear Association

      Hiroshima, Nagasaki: http://www.world-nuclear.org/information-library/safety-and-security/radiation-and-health/hiroshima,-nagasaki,-and-subsequent-weapons-testin.aspx

      Also checkout City 40 in Russia, one of the USSR’s nuclear cities.

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      • qzy says:

        “Blah, blah, blah, …the Opium Wars (1839-1842 and 1856-1860) occupy a powerful position in Chinese discourse.”

        Read a book. The English and French were the major particpants. America was weak in the mid-1800’s.

        Although, Chinese students are taught that Americans fought in “The Opium Wars”, it was pretty easy to disprove we weren’t.

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        • G. Combs says:

          qzy,
          Haven’t you learned that FACTS are never allowed to get in the way of PROPAGANDA especially in Socialist/Commie countries?

          China Picks at the Scab to Keep the Wound Fresh
          “[…]A passage from an essay by the Australian defense analyst Paul Monk is very telling on the subject of what President Xi intends for Asia’s near future:”

          In any case, Xi Jinping, despite his genial smile, good English, and familiarity with the United States, is no reforming liberal. Shortly after assuming the presidency, he took all the members of his politburo with him to the bizarre museum the Party has built in Tiananmen Square – the museum of national humiliation and revival. He pointed out to them the exhibits showing the arrival of the Jesuits via Macao in the sixteenth century and how this had been the beginning of the infiltration and humiliation of China by the West. He pointed out the exhibits showing the Japanese invasions of China and making the unfounded assertion that the Japanese were defeated by the Communist Party with a little help from “good” Nationalist generals. The Americans, he said, then became the enemy. “Against this external enemy,” he told China’s inner group of top leaders, “we must stick together.”

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  13. L4grasshopper says:

    Look for the Norks to test fly another big missile soon…..as China continues to pull their strings.

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  14. 6x47 says:

    China’s very big wrong bad mistake idea call is assuming that President Trump values the trade relationship between the US and China and will eventually be forced to take actions to preserve it.

    Next to getting a fair trade deal, NOTHING will make Trump happier than cutting out China entirely from the US market and relegating the Red Dragon back to 3rd World Nation status.

    If Shenzhen looks like Detroit in a few years … oh well. Too bad, so sad. Try again later. Thank you drive through!

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  15. Ghdje says:

    Screw china

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  16. G. Willikers says:

    A photo of Trump shaking hands with Reagan has been widely shared on Chinese social media with the following photo caption added in Chinese:

    Reagan to Trump: ‘Let me get rid of the Communist Party in Soviet Union first; you find some opportunity to get rid of the CCP in the future.’
    Trump to Reagan: ‘OK! Deal!’

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  17. mickjt says:

    China, Get a Freekin Clue, We’re NOT bending over for you anymore! Enough!

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