Trump Wants Mutual Satisfaction in US Relations with OthersPosted: February 1, 2017
Those who do not understand that Trump is a shrewd businessman believe that Trump will take aim at China to prevent it from becoming a rival to the US for world leadership. They are even worrying that Trump’s candidate for secretary of state Rex Tillerson’s remarks on blocking China’s access to its artificial islands will trigger a large-scale war between the US and China.
I pointed out Trump’s wisdom in avoiding the war in my post “Trump’s Wisdom in Avoiding Military Conflict with China” yesterday.
I really do not know what kind a leader Trump will be; therefore, I have to judge him by what he is saying and doing one by one.
I get the conclusion by Trump’s spokesman’s response to Tillerson’s remarks that Trump does not want to block China’s access to its islands in the South China Sea but will do so if China builds an island on a reef that is international territory.
Now, SCMP’s report today “Trump slams China and Japan over currencies” again proves my guess that Trump’s priority is America first for America’s interests instead of containing China. Trump seems to choose only China as the “culprit of currency manipulation”, but it turns out now he is accusing not only China but also Japan and even EU for that.
For US interests, Trump wants concessions from not only China but also Japan and EU and most of all from Mexico. Japan’s Abe knows that so that he is now pursuing better relations with China. EU knows well as proved by Reuters’ report “EU chair labels Trump a ‘threat’ as Europeans debate U.S. ties” that I have reblogged here.
Moreover, Trump knows that he has to give something in return while getting something from others.
He will build a wall along US border with Mexico and make Mexico pay for the cost of construction. He will scrap NAFTA and thus harm Mexico’s interests, but in his interview with Washington Post’s David Muir on January 26, he says, “And you have to understand what I’m doing is good for the United States. It’s also going to be good for Mexico. We wanna have a very stable, very solid Mexico. Even more solid than it is right now. And they need it also. Lots of things are coming across Mexico that they don’t want. I think it’s going to be a good thing for both countries. And I think the relationship will be better than ever before.”
From what he said, we know that he wants get concessions from others but not to make US relations with others deteriorate, i.e. he wants win-win results. I have pointed out in my posts before that win-win cooperation is the only way out for him to improve US economy.
Whether US relations with Mexico will be better after the construction of the wall and scrapping of NAFTA, I don’t know, but I am optimistic that there will be improvement in US-China relations as better access to Chinese market is indispensable for Trump in improving US economy.
Comments by Chan Kai Yee on SCMP’s and Washington Post’s reports, full text of which can be found respectively at http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/2066960/trump-slams-china-and-japan-over-currencies and https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/01/26/donald-trumps-brazen-first-interview-as-president-annotated/?utm_term=.42c80ae5572d&wpisrc=nl_most&wpmm=1.