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Trump needs a rational China policy

By Ma Shikun | China Daily | Updated: 2018-01-13 07:18

Would "revisionist" be an appropriate term to describe US President Donald Trump?

Among the baseless things in the recently issued US National Security Strategy is an allegation that China and Russia are "revisionist" states that erode the security and economic interests of the United States. But, given his reckless rewriting and "re-evaluation" of the international status quo in his first year in office, Trump himself could more rightly be called a "revisionist".

He has "revised" (or withdrawn from) various international agreements that are not to his liking. He "killed" the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement saying it is a burden on the US, withdrew from the 2015 Paris climate agreement claiming there is no global warming, pulled out of UNESCO on the grounds that it is unfair to the US and Israel, and withdrew from the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiations between the European Union and the US. He also intends to renegotiate the decades-old North American Free Trade Agreement, has threatened to revoke the Iran nuclear deal, has been criticizing the United Nations and threatening to cut US funds to it, and clamoring to rewrite international trade rules to replace "free trade" with "fair trade".

Trump needs a rational China policy

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