Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Trump's Sabre-Rattling Man

What will the addition of Peter Navarro mean for Trump's China policy?
US President-elect Donald Trump continues with his war mongering with today's appointment of UC Irvine economist Peter Navarro to head the new National Trade Council for US trade and industrial policy.

If anything Navarro seems to be inspiring Trump's beliefs that China has been taking away American jobs, polluting the planet and spewing propaganda to justify its totalitarian regime.

The 67-year-old has written several books on the Middle Kingdom, like Death by China, Crouching Tiger: What China's Militarism Means for the World, and The Coming China Wars: Where They Will Be Fought, How They Can Be Won.

Trump seems to be influenced by Navarro's writing on China
They are ominous titles and Navarro seems to be egging on a fight with China, standing behind Trump and daring to poke the dragon in the eye.

Is this really necessary? And besides, China and the US' economies are so closely interlinked, adding the military card just makes things even more tense than they need be.

So if America doesn't pay back the trillions of dollars worth of US Treasury bills China holds, then the US is going to do payback time in the form of nukes?

And Navarro seems to forget that China is the world's factory, which is why it is polluting the environment at the cost of consumers' (mostly American) desires. If we needed less stuff then maybe the country would be less polluted.

Provoking war with China seems completely absurd, but then again we are now in the age of Trump where he seems to have the idea of stimulating the economy with military escalation...

One of Navarro's books about China
It is a frightening thought that this is what Trump is keen to do and giving Navarro license to fulfill his predictions.

Sounds like China needs to be the more reasoned panda than the eagle who seems keen on trying out its arsenal...

1 comment:

  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.