Saturday, 17 December 2016

Trump Messes with China Again

China has taken a US underwater drone that probably looked like this one
Following President-Elect Donald Trump's chat on the phone with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, tensions between China and the United States have escalated further after the former seized a US navy underwater drone in international waters in the South China Sea.

Trump's initial tweet reacting to the incident
The US claims the drone was used for research purposes, while China says it was "professional and responsible" in taking the device, and Beijing says will return it in an "appropriate manner" without elaborating further.

And to further escalate the situation, Trump waded into the issue with an off-the-cuff tweet -- "China steals United States Navy research drone in international waters - rips it out of water and takes it to China in unpresidented [sic] act."

What he really meant was "unprecedented", which he changed an hour later.

Handling his public statements would be the ultimate nightmare for any press secretary because Trump seems to like to shoot off whatever knee-jerk reaction he has on Twitter, completely unfiltered. Which also means spelling mistakes are highly probable.

China's unprecedented construction in the South China Sea
Will this end come January 20 when he is formally inaugurated as the 45th president?

We shall see, but in the meantime, China can very easily play the tit-for-tat game with Trump. It's like a wise cat biding its time with a mouse that thinks it can outsmart a feline with nine lives...

2 comments:

  1. remember what China said when they created man made islands in the South China Sea "these man made islands are for peaceful purposes and will not be militarized"

    wait a few years and how there are guns and missiles on those island even as China claims it is "defensive." This is the biggest load of BS and China SHOULD NOT BE TRUSTED.

    Any guns can still kill and any missiles can kill.

    Next China will be their medium range ICBMs on those islands...

    Only the naive believe peaceful rise of China because their actions suggests strongly otherwise.

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  2. BTW, what China did there is theft of other nations property, period.

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