Trump has already started us all well down the not-so-long road to a war in East Asia … one that could feature the use of nuclear weapons … this isn’t a joke …
“Chinese hard-liners are already urging a harsher response to Trump.
On Saturday, Global Times, a newspaper often dominated by anti-American rhetoric, held a forum in Beijing where speakers urged tough retaliation if Trump moved closer to Taiwan, and praised the seizure of the underwater drone.
“China isn’t afraid of confrontation with America,” Dai Xu, a former Chinese Air Force senior colonel and outspoken hawk, said at the meeting.
“Without China’s cooperation, Trump will achieve nothing. I dare say that if he opts for confrontation with China, he won’t stay in office for more than four years.”
Another speaker, Jin Canrong, a professor of international relations at Renmin University in Beijing, told Global Times,
“China is a dragon, America is an eagle, Britain is a lion. When the dragon wakes up, the others are all snacks.”
Such tough talk does not set Chinese foreign policy, but Xi and other leaders are sensitive to nationalist ire that they themselves have nurtured.
Pressures on them are likely to grow if Trump continues publicly excoriating China, especially on territorial issues, like Taiwan and the South China Sea, [and, significantly, North Korea], where public sentiment often favors a tough response.”