How China Views Trump

Keyu Jin: “Donald Trump’s stunning victory in the US presidential election has shaken the world… But one country has remained largely unmoved: China.”

“…prudence flows through China’s Confucian veins. Rather than jumping to conclusions about future US policies, much less taking premature action, China’s leaders have remained neutral in their response to Trump’s victory. They seem confident that, though the bilateral relationship will change somewhat, it will not be fundamentally transformed. It will still be neither very good nor very bad.”

“Some in the West might think that the rhetoric alone would be enough to incense China’s leaders. But the truth is that the Chinese are far more offended by national leaders meeting with the Dalai Lama, as President Barack Obama did in June. And, as past US elections have made clear, rhetoric may well bear little relation to reality. That is all the more true when the rhetoric in question includes promises that would harm everyone involved, as Trump’s proposed tariffs would.”

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