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Why China Loves Trump

Discussion in 'World Politics' started by Old_Trapper70, Feb 19, 2018.

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    Old_Trapper70 Well-Known Member

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    Aside from the reality that Trump has given China the opportunity to be the worlds leader, he has also given them opportunity to claim the failure of capitalism over communism. Of course, they have also figured out that Trump just wants a deal, matters not to him if it is a good deal, or a bad deal, as long as he can claim he made the deal.

    https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/03/trump-china/550886/

    "Take the $250 billion in deals announced during Trump’s visit to China in November. Many of the agreements were nonbinding memorandums of understanding, and some had already been negotiated. And while they made a nice headline, they did nothing to address the fundamental problems that U.S. companies face in China: requirements to share technological trade secrets with Chinese partners in exchange for access to Chinese markets; restrictions on entering huge swathes of the economy; industrial policies that explicitly aim to oust foreign firms in fields ranging from information technology to electric vehicles........

    With Trump in the White House, Xu Guoqi, a professor at the University of Hong Kong, told me, the Chinese are enjoying a “golden field for their propaganda.” At the same time, Trump’s election, and the wave of political disorder it has unleashed within and beyond the United States, has provided ample fodder for China to attack democracy and extol the one-party state. “American power is based on two legs, the hard power and soft power,” Xu explained. “In terms of soft power, Trump really undermined it substantially.” Trump’s election gave the People’s Daily, the Communist Party mouthpiece, the occasion to run a series of commentaries arguing that the “crisis in capitalist societies” was “proof of the truth of Marxism and the superiority of the socialist system.”
     
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    I agree with all you said. . .but I do not believe China "loves" Trump! I believe they despise him, but enjoy being able to manipulate him simply by giving in to his need to be praised and placated!
     
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    There is actually an element that admires Trump for his ability to win under most circumstances. However, they do "love" him for opening the door for China to reign supreme. He has done more to advance their superiority then even Mao did with his cultural revolution.
     
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    I think it's a legitimate point. But America has the freedom to elect its own leader, which is denied to Chinese citizens. Trump may not be likable enough to use America's soft power by making friends and alliances but he's doing what's necessary for his country. Trump is the last person to promote democracy in China, which must be a welcome relief for the Chinese leadership.
     
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    If Trump is doing what is necessary for his country, and that would be true if his country was China, or Russia, then why hasn't he moved his manufacturing base back to the US?
     
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