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One senses he never expected to win so that when he did, he must have faced his own dilemma of how to deliver on his promises to his voters else look bad at expense of his own ego which was constructed on internal schisms grooming rightism to become a popularism martially simplified to friend versus foe.|
When he did, many diagnosed him as a political novice albeit rambunctiously gung-ho and low on gray matter in his uncultured ways. But when he went ballistic on the the sovereign policy, and grouped a bunch of right-wingers to saber-rattle on trade and military matters, apprehension dawned he could destabilize the region's peace and prosperity and spill again not just Asian blood but also those of his voters and tragically just at the cusp of a new era of superpower cooperation.
With regards China, he was naive to think China will bow to talk to anyone who does not believe in the One-China policy for the same reason any businessman would like to receive a true and representative business card from another before sitting down to a friendly conversation.
If the US does not recognize China absolutely, how can China accept any word from the US since it could be this today and that tomorrow on the excuse the US also recognized the island as separate from China? How can two people talk sincerely when one does not fully and honestly recognize the representation of the other?
Furthermore, that he intimated it was just a tactic to print a negotiation card for trade only confirms he thought it was all just a business game when the matter is in fact the very inviolable identity and sovereignty of a nation. Even Lee, Ma, Tsai can't disagree when in private what more Napoleon, de Gaulle and Nixon publicly so who's Trump?
Yet there were others quick to come to his defense by saying he's clever in projecting a new tactic redolent of his past prowess in business deals. Apparently that tactic was to shock-and-awe followed by jawboning followed by relenting on some points which will result in getting the remainder which was all that was originally targeted so that everyone will be happy with the win-win final result. Exactly what genus of weed have they been smokin'?
The next few months will see how matters pan out. Everyone has sighed relief he's standing down in Asia which would explain why Abe has been quick to try and increase the reducing tension by fast-tracking military purchases from the US on the guise of helping to create more US jobs.
But what if those new military equipment get used to kill young men and women and children in an Asia which his forefathers had brutalized within living memory of the greatest generosity that China had showered on Japan, namely to forgive all compensations which if a broken Japan had to pay China for all the blood shed and destruction wrought would not have enabled a pauper Japan to be so prosperous today. However as expected of their abysmal character, Abe and his right-wingers are ratting on China with the biggest bushido sin of their nation - the sin of absolute ingratitude.
Trump should see that and realize he has a responsibility as a leader to history more than to the simplistic and prejudicial preferences of his sinophobic advisors and support voice pieces. If they demur on basically ideological differences despite any appeal he may yet make to their rationale why China can be the US' best friend in this 21st century just as she has to so many emerging nations across the globe, he can ask them where she has been selling any socialism lately. A China which rises to preeminence can be another US but better to the whole world; if the US does not support that, it goes to show it does not believe in what it has been telling the world about itself for that matter about China. Therefore is there a printing error on the card it carries?
When the water is muddy and sight is foggy, it is the best time to envision a better tomorrow where everyone can cooperatively help one another. All Trump needs to do is see the rationale of not making China and her peoples all over the world the bogeyman of western problems. Instead he should continue to support China so that she can do for the world what the US has failed too many times in both trade and military matters because it had mistakenly thought it could get away from doing to others what others could not do to it. Any attempt at diminution of China's roles will rupture the entire global integrated ecosystem; how will the US benefit or heal then should that happen and after China recovers?
Trump should really walk those grounds in Beijing's Diaoyutai Complex as well. Well-maintained and friendly, one recalls. He will get the very global, geopolitical and historical perspective and worldview already so missing in these critical days of his presidency.