When Donald Trump was elected president, a lot of pundits said his election was about him not being able to “bully” China.
Now that he’s in the White House, the pundits are going back to the same playbook, with some interesting implications for the future of U.S.-China relations.
On Thursday, the president-elect’s transition team announced it would take a different approach.
It’s not clear what that means, but it’s possible Trump is finally coming to terms with the lesson he learned about China in 2016.
After all, the Chinese government is not likely to allow a new U.N. Security Council resolution condemning China’s military activities to pass.
And in the end, Trump was right: China was a major player in destabilizing the world and, if it can’t be stopped, it will do so in ways that are not likely ever to be stopped.
If China’s new leadership is not willing to acknowledge the reality of China’s militaristic foreign policy, how can it expect to continue engaging with the United States?
In a new book titled, the American Presidency, former U.K. Foreign Secretary David Miliband argues that Beijing is likely to find itself stuck in a “state of perpetual warfare.”
In that case, it might have to accept a trade deal that includes a trade ban, a reduction in U.A.E. military cooperation and some new rules about military training, according to the book’s author, Daniel J. Drezner.
But if Beijing continues to pursue its militaristic course and does not accept a new trade deal, it’s more likely that China will find itself in a similar situation to the one it finds itself in now: an increasingly unstable world that is more likely to turn violent.
The Chinese military is, after all, a major participant in U,S.-led interventions abroad and, as a result, in U.-led economic warfare.
It also happens to be the most powerful military force in the world.
So the more it does its business in the United State, the more likely it is to find its way to Washington.
If it can no longer use its own armed forces to try to stop violent actions in other countries, it can expect that China’s security is likely also to be threatened by U. S.-led military operations abroad.
And this may not be a good time for China to start talking to the U. A trade deal with the U