The US Simply Does Not Have Enough Strength to ProjectPosted: December 19, 2016
In its report “Trump aide plays down prospect of upending ‘one China’ policy” today, Reuters says US influential Senator John “McCain said the Chinese seizure of the drone was a “gross violation” of international law. McCain, a critic of Democratic President Barack Obama’s foreign policy, said the United States was not projecting enough strength in the world and said China’s move reflected that.
What enough strength MaCain want the US to project?
Its capabilities to attack China with UUVs and subs? China has shown US warship its capabilities to detect, track and catch US UUVs. It implies that China can detect, track and destroy US submarines near China.
It is show time for China instead of the US militarily!
Being heavily in debt, the US has no economic strength to project.
I believe that the US will soon have a wiser leader in Trump because it is unthinkable for a country with lots of talents to repeatedly have stupid presidents.
Therefore, Trump is not so stupid as to start a trade or military war with China as the US will not gain anything but will only hurt itself in such a war.
On the contrary, Trump will improve US relations with China to use China’s huge market to make the US rich.
It will be disastrous for the US if the US has a third stupid president in Trump.
So far I do not see such a possibility. It is sad, however, that the US has such a unrealistic politician as John McCain.
Comment by Chan Kai Yee on Reuters’ report, full text of which is reblogged below:
Trump aide plays down prospect of upending ‘one China’ policy
President-elect Donald Trump’s incoming White House chief of staff on Sunday played down the prospect that Trump would revisit Washington’s decades-old “one China” policy, even though he suggested as much a week ago.
Since 1979, the United States has acknowledged Taiwan as part of “one China” but Trump prompted a diplomatic protest from Beijing after he accepted a congratulatory phone call on his election win from President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan on Dec. 2.
“We are not suggesting that we’re revisiting ‘one China’ policy right now,” Trump aide Reince Priebus said on “Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace.”
“He is not president right now and he’s respectful to the current president,” Priebus said.
Last Sunday, Trump himself said in an interview on Fox News Sunday: “I fully understand the ‘one China’ policy, but 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 with other things, including trade.”
Political analysts said that Republican Trump’s call with the president of Taiwan and the comments on the “one China” policy could antagonize Beijing.
Trump also inserted himself on Saturday into another sensitive dispute between China and the United States after China on Thursday seized an underwater drone owned by the U.S. military in the South China Sea. Trump called the seizure an “unprecedented act.”
U.S. officials described the seizure as the first of its kind in recent memory. It was taken about 50 nautical miles northwest of Subic Bay off the Philippines just as the USNS Bowditch was about to retrieve it, the officials said.
Although China vowed to return the drone to the United States, Trump later tweeted that the U.S. should let China keep it.
Priebus on Sunday defended the comments on the drone, saying he does not believe Trump’s comments were provocative and that “80 percent” of Americans agree it was inappropriate for China to have seized the drone in the first place.
Republican Senator John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, told CNN’s “State of the Union” that the Chinese would be able to retrieve some “pretty valuable” technical information from the drone through a process known as reverse-engineering.
McCain said the Chinese seizure of the drone was a “gross violation” of international law. McCain, a critic of Democratic President Barack Obama’s foreign policy, said the United States was not projecting enough strength in the world and said China’s move reflected that.
“Everybody is taking advantage of it, and hopefully that will change soon,” McCain said.
(Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch and Julia Harte; editing by Grant McCool)
Note: This is Reuters report I reblog here for readers’ information. It does not mean that I agree or disagree with the report’ views.