How Does Blocking China’s Access to Islands Fit Trump’s America first?Posted: January 26, 2017
Quite a few people believe that Trump is stupid or inexperienced, but I don’t think so. I would rather believe that after electing two stupid presidents, Americans have learnt the lessons and have now chosen a wise leader.
However, I am puzzled that Trump’s choice of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the US shall block China’s access to its artificial islands and Trump has not opposed Tillerson’s statement.
Trump regards placing America first as the core of his new policy for the US. He wants Japan and other US allies to fully pay the costs of US military protection of them. That is indeed America first and its allies second.
China’s artificial islands have not hurt US interests and no country whatever has asked the US to block China’s access to the islands for their interests. According to the US, it will do so to protect international interests instead of America’s own interests. It certainly is something that puts other countries in the world first instead of America first.
Moreover, it may leads to a very costly war with China and the America can ask no one to pay for the costs of the war.
That certainly does not fit Trump’s putting America first.
However, as I believe, rather I hope, that the US now has a wise leader, I find it difficult to understand Trump’s wisdom in his desire to block China’s access to the artificial islands at the risk of a war with a strong China, which the US cannot be sure to win.
Perhaps, that is but Trump camp’s rhetoric to obtain concessions from China in other areas. Still I don’t see the wisdom in such rhetoric.
Article by Chan Kai Yee