Variety: Chinese Media Irked by Donald Trump’s Foreign Policy One Liners

  December 12, 2016   News Stories

News story originally published at Variety.com

By Patrick Frater

China’s state media is not happy with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump.

Government-controlled publications have hit back at Trump’s recent Tweets about China and called America’s next leader “naïve,” ‘immature” and “superficial.”

The Global Times, an English-language tabloid paper that is often among the most vehement and populist Chinese publications, said in an editorial that Trump is as “as ignorant as a child in terms of foreign policy.”

The reference was in direct response to Trump’s recent comment: “I don’t know why we have to be bound by a One China policy, unless we make a deal with China having to do other things , including trade,” in an interview with Fox News, and to his acceptance of an incoming phone call from Taiwan’s president Tsai Ing-wen.

Taiwan has been self-ruled since 1949. Mainland China (properly known as the People’s Republic of China) regards Taiwan (known as the Republic of China) as a rebel province with which it will ultimately be reunited, by force if necessary.

China refuses to have diplomatic relations with any country that officially recognizes Taiwan. The U.S. has diplomatic relations only with the PRC, but is bound by the 1979 Taiwan Relations Act to defend the island.

The Global Times said that there will be no negotiation over the One China policy. “(Beijing would have no reason to) “put peace above using force to take back Taiwan,” it said.

The People’s Daily was slightly more measured.

“For China, the One China principle is one of the foremost preconditions for building formal ties with other countries,” it said on Monday.

“The inappropriate rhetoric came just days after Trump had a phone call with Taiwan leader Tsai Ing-wen, breaking decades of U.S. diplomatic policy.”

It wrapped up its leader: “The new U.S. administration needs to be rational and respectful, rather than impulsive.”

Trump’s tweeting last week on China’s military strategy and on the Chinese currency prompted similarly robust responses.

“The U.S. cannot (and should not) try to dictate the policy of another sovereign state. Sovereignty means that China, for example, is not always going to do what the U.S. wants. Furthermore, China will never bow to U.S. pressure. International relations 101: China is an independent, sovereign state with its own national interests. As a sovereign state, China sets its own policy and can retaliate if necessary,” the People’s Daily intoned on Dec. 5.

Retaliation and bluff calling are also entering U.S.-Chinese trade relations.

This weekend Wang Jianlin, the chairman of China’s Dalian Wanda group showed his displeasure over the growing possibility of a U.S. congressional probe into Wanda acquisitions in Hollywood.

“I’ve invested over $10 billion in the U.S., employing over 20,000 people. If something goes wrong, these 20,000-plus people might be out of jobs,” Wang said after a speech about the need to export Chinese culture.

On Monday that earned a response from anti-China lobby group, the Center for American Scrutiny.

“Wang Jianlin’s aggressive posturing that President-elect Trump should be advised that he has invested in companies that employ 20,000 people is meaningless. While Wanda has clearly grown more influential in the U.S. movie industry, all of his acquisitions had employees before he engaged in buying them. These are not new jobs nor are they dependent on his ownership. In fact, the profits from these acquisitions will flow to Communist China, not to U.S. interests or stockholders,” the CAS’s executive director Richard Berman, said in an email.

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