China-US Relations to Face Troubles Under a Trump Presidency
China-US relations could face more troubles under the presidency of Donald Trump judging from the US President-elect's recent Twitter outbursts against Beijing and his phone call with Taiwanese leader Tsai Lng-wen.
A commentary published in the communist-backed newspaper, Global Times, on Tuesday urged Beijing to be fully prepared mentally and physically for this scenario but quickly pointed out that Trump was all talk and could not afford to act on his unpredictable rhetoric.
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"We should stand firm and remain composed. Trump can make a lot of noise, but that does not exempt him from the rules of the major power game. He doesn't have sufficient resources to deal with China wantonly, the second largest economy, the biggest trading country and nuclear power." the opinion piece said.
Major power conflict
The article further emphasized that Trump's words will not turn into actions and that aside from some political radicals, most American citizens would not want to be dragged into a major power conflict with China.
According to the editorial, Trump's reckless statements against Beijing, a superpower, only showed his lack of diplomatic skills as well as his overestimation of the US power.
The Global Times said Beijing would not hesitate to fight back if Trump's moves harm Beijing's interests even if it would result in costly consequences for the dynamics of the China-US relationship.
"If China behaves soft-heartedly for the greater good of the bilateral ties, it will only embolden Trump to be more aggressive," the editorial said.
The communist paper warned Beijing about a possible shift in Sino-US relationship after Trump is sworn in saying China must deal with his provocations head-on and ensure that he does not take advantage of the world's second largest economy.
Trump took to Twitter on Sunday night and attacked China anew over the country's alleged currency manipulation and the South China Sea dispute, days after receiving a phone call from Taiwan leader, Tsai, breaking the decades-old US foreign policy of a One China principle.
"Did China ask us if it was OK to devalue their currency (making it hard for our companies to compete), heavily tax our products going into their country (the US doesn't tax them) or to build a massive military complex in the middle of the South China Sea? I don't think so!," he tweeted.