Should we be worried about Donald Trump and China?

Since the election of Donald Trump, there are many questions on the minds of Americans. A new president brings change and many wonder how many of his promises Trump will follow through on. The election came as a shock to many and eyes from around the world were on our nation that day, and in general, many are concerned about how this election will affect our foreign relations when Trump has left such an impression on foreign leaders.

“Trump is an irrational type,” stated Chinese Finance Minister Lou Jiwei.

“[The election of Donald Trump] would complicate relations between Europe and the US,” said French President Francois Hollande.

“That’s the way Mussolini arrived and the way Hitler arrived,” said Mexican President Enrique Pena about Trump’s speeches and rallies.

In addition, Trump has said some terrifying things about nuclear weapons that has made our nation’s choice to elect him as president frowned upon in other nations. How Donald Trump will handle foreign policy is a huge concern, especially considering he has never held any political office before.

Now, we may have to be concerned about a major split with China, even before Trump takes office. During the election, Trump looked down on China and blamed them for stealing American workers and American jobs. He has proposed raising taxes on China and criticized the White House for inviting Chinese diplomats to state dinners — saying they should “be taken to McDonalds” instead.

Most recently, Trump has become the first president-elect to speak to a Taiwanese leader since the United States sided with China in 1979. According to the New York Times, Trump’s office said the leaders talked about the “close economic, political, and security ties” between the nations and congratulated each other on their recent elections. After the ten minute call on December 2nd, Trump tweeted this:

After a lot of suspense, China’s foreign minister, Wang Yi, finally responded. He said that he did not believe this would change relations between the United States and China and that the One China policy would remain.

“We believe it’s a petty action by Taiwan,” Yi added.

Despite the fact that relations will not currently change, it is possible that we should be concerned about the long-term relationship between the United States and China.

“This is a wake up call…” said Wang Dong, an associate professor at the School of International Studies in Peking said. “We should buckle up for a rocky six months or year in the China-US relationship.”

We just have to hope that Chinese leaders value the relationship between the United States and China enough to pardon his statements and actions. However, it seems unlikely that he poses any real threat to the One China policy.

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