Is Trump Calling Out Xi Jinping?

By Pat Buchanan

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Is Trump Calling Out Xi Jinping?
Pat Buchanan
Patrick J .Buchanan

USA –  -(  Like a bolt of lightning, that call of congratulations from Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen to President-elect Donald Trump illuminated the Asian landscape.

We can see clearly now the profit and loss statement from more than three decades of accommodating and appeasing China, since Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger made their historic journey in 1972.

What are the gains and losses?

Soon after Nixon announced the trip in July 1971, our World War II ally, the Republic of China on Taiwan, was expelled from the UN, its permanent seat on the Security Council given to the People's Republic of China's Chairman Mao, a rival of Stalin's in mass murder.

In 1979, Jimmy Carter recognized the regime in Beijing, cut ties to Taipei and terminated the Sino-American Mutual Defense Treaty of 1954. All over the world countries followed our lead, shut down Taiwan's embassies, and expelled her diplomats. Our former allies have since been treated as global pariahs.

During the 1990s and into the new century, Republicans, acting on behalf of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Business Roundtable, voted annually to grant Most Favored Nation trade status for China. They then voted to make it permanent and escort China into the WTO.

What did China get out of the new U.S. policy? Vast investment and $4 trillion in trade surpluses at America's expense over 25 years.

From the backward country mired in the madness of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution in 1972, China grew by double-digits yearly to become the foremost manufacturing nation on earth, and has used its immense earnings from trade to make itself a military power to rival the United States.

China now claims all the islands of the South China Sea, has begun converting reefs into military bases, targeted hundreds of missiles on Taiwan, claimed the Senkakus held by Japan, ordered U.S. warships out of the Taiwan Strait, brought down a U.S. EP-3 on Hainan island in 2001, and then demanded and got from Secretary of State Colin Powell an apology for violating Chinese airspace.

Beijing has manipulated her currency, demanded transfers of U.S. technology, and stolen much of what of U.S. did not over.

For decades, China has declared a goal of driving the United States out beyond the second chain of islands off Asia, i.e., out of the Western Pacific and back to Guam, Hawaii and the West Coast.

During these same decades, some of us were asking insistently what we were getting in return.

Thus Trump's phone call seemed the right signal to Beijing — while we recognize one China, we have millions of friends on Taiwan in whose future as a free people we retain an interest.

China's Xi Jinping
Across Asia, every capital is waiting to see how Xi Jinping responds, for a matter of face would seem to be involved.

China bristled at Trump's first communication between U.S. and Taiwanese leaders since 1979, with Beijing indicating that Trump's failure to understand the Asian situation may explain the American's gaffe.

Sunday, Vice President-elect Mike Pence assured us that nothing of significance should be read into the 15-minute phone call of congratulations.

Trump, however, was less polite and reassuring, giving Beijing the wet mitten across the face for its impertinence:

“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 U.S. doesn't tax them) or to build a massive military complex in the middle of the South China Sea?”

Trump then answered his own question, “I don't think so.”

According to The Washington Post, the phone call from Taiwan to Trump was no chance happening. It had been planned for weeks. And people in Trump's inner circle are looking to closer ties to Taiwan and a tougher policy toward Beijing.

This suggests that Trump was aware there might be a sharp retort from Beijing, and that his tweets dismissing Chinese protests and doubling down on the Taiwan issue were both considered and deliberate.

Well, the fat is in the fire now.

Across Asia, every capital is waiting to see how Xi Jinping responds, for a matter of face would seem to be involved.

On the trade front, China is deeply vulnerable. U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods would cause a sudden massive loss of income to factories in China and a stampede out of the country to elsewhere in Asia by companies now producing in the Middle Kingdom.

On the other hand, without China using its economic leverage over North Korea, it is unlikely any sanctions the U.S. and its allies can impose will persuade Kim Jong Un to halt his nuclear weapons program.

China can choke North Korea to death. But China can also step back and let Pyongyang become a nuclear weapons state, though that could mean Seoul and Tokyo following suit, which would be intolerable to Beijing.

Before we go down this road, President-elect Trump and his foreign policy team ought to think through just where it leads — and where it might end.

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of the new book “The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose From Defeat to Create the New Majority.

  • 18 thoughts on “Is Trump Calling Out Xi Jinping?

    1. we should arm Taiwan to the point where China wouldnt dare to even speak against them..however, with that said, China does have their name on the South Sea, so i guess its theirs.

      1. Freewill,
        I do hope that you are being sarcastic because we do not want an arms race in Asia any more than we want an arms race in the Middle East which Obama & Company has pretty much started.
        Right now, China is pushing to see how the United States will react to provocation and so far Obama & Company have not responded by telling them to back down.
        We should not get into a war with China because they have many millions of men and women under arms, but we do have leverage and that’s money. If we refuse to support their economy, then they can’t afford the military machine that they are building.
        Conversely, if China breaks up, we’ll have numerous fiefdoms that will have nothing to lose by blowing up Asia.

    2. WE need to move ahead with whatever changes are indicated looking toward fixing our many troubles, most of them the result of long years of playing pat a cake mind games and bowing and scraping to other world powers. No, we should not be ‘in your face” insulting, just pick our OWN course for a change and move ahead. There are plenty of other nations would welcome the opportunity to produce goods for us and play like good friends. If China want to get into a pissmatch, fine. Let THEM squirt the yellow water as far up the tree as they want to. WE need to keep to our own course. THEIR attitude seems to be that of the neighbourhood bully, threatening (with empty threats), posturing, hollering, smacking the tree with their baseball bat, and beating up on the little helpless kids. But just like every such bully, as soon as SOMEONE stands their ground, the air gets let out of the tyre and the car can’t go. Trump is not intimidated. If this makes Whatzizface mad, that’s Whatzizface’s problem Let HIM go pout in the corner. WE need to move ahead. Maybe Singapore would be happy to build those new Cadillacs. Or Cameroon. Or.. …Taiwan?

    3. This is another piece of Asinine stupidity:
      “it is unlikely any sanctions the U.S. and its allies can impose will persuade Kim Jong Un to halt his nuclear weapons program.”
      They have worked at their Nuclear BOMB program even after ex-pres Carter went over and played kiss-ass with them in an example of pure, absolute moronic leftist idiocy. Then we get Fast Boat Kerry the liar and fake hero also kissing ass there.
      Time to shut them down NOW !!

      As faar as China; Up your nose with a rubber hose, YOU do NOT control who our friends and allies are and the morons that worshipped at your feet should be arrested for treason; STart with Clinton who handed them a Super computer and top secret aerospace information about multi-stage rockets.

    4. Where do we start to build a conversation? At the beginning perhaps?

      Well then this conversation should start with the fact.

      TRUMP DID NOT CALL TAIWAN!!!! Taiwan called Trump.

      So how about we start again with the above blog written with that very concept in mind and leave out the “Woulda Coulda Shoulda’s. Hmmm?”

      What are celebrities? Most are ACTORS and the better they act the better their con, as in con artists. What is the difference between an actor and a con? Sometimes very little…. Most criminals are also actors and con artists. Why should we place the value of a celebrities opinion above our own?

    5. President-elect Trump has played this correctly. By taking the call from Taiwan, Trump has signaled that our “retreat” under Obama is over and that we will be coming back.
      The chance to “make nice” with China ended with the Long March and the murder of millions of Chinese citizens by Mao and his murderous cronies.
      All we have had since the ’40s is a bunch of appeasers in the State Department who love “Uncle Joe” in the Soviet Union and Chairman Mao in China.
      It is time that the United States once again take the Leadership of the Free World, but first we have to clean up our own nest of thieves and put the Leftist bureaucracy on notice that their “free ride” is over and the American People are demanding our Country back!!

    6. After decades of patronizing chinese products, all we get from China is ungratefulness. All they want to do is destroy the US currency and overpower the US military by allying themselves with countries hostile to US. And yet, democraps are clueless and even sensitive of how china is going to view Pres Trump’s call response to a democratic Taiwan. Its about time we cut our ties with countries who only wishes the demise of our country and re assure alliances with countries who believes in the US as the world true super power.

    7. Do we, or do we not believe in freedom? If so then the price of freedom is a pissed off China. We are not getting out of an economic slump by co tinuing to be a consumer only nation, and this means we MUST take back control of our manufacturing needs.

      Taiwan was abandoned and left defenseless while the US was looking at the USSR and its involvement in Pakistan. We left Taiwan to the communist reign of Mao and did so to gain China as an ally. What we failed to forsee was the massive manufacturing shift out of the US and into communist China. Now it’s time to correct those mistakes, with allies who support and not threaten.

      Are we really this afraid to upset China that people are holding their breath over the reply from Xi Jinping? If so, then it is about time we steeled our spine and took back our place in the world!

      1. I am gratified that President Elect TRUMP has raised the gauntlet and mildly slapped China’s face!! If we had not had previous U.S Leaders who bowed down to China and licked thier boots, China would not be so arrogant today!! We have been giving our money to China for 25 years, and for very little value or consideration!! How much money do you think China charges us to make our Cadillac Cars, (thanks to GM and Barrack Hussien”born in Hawuii” Obama) and have them sold to consumers in the U.S. and the dealers not even telling them where these Cars are made. China might, but I doubt if they could survive without our money and I know it’s time we let them know this !! I would be happy if TRUMP slapped them with the other hand and let them know that we are sick and tired of going to the stores and everything we buy comes from China.

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