Trump and China Policy
- Colin Moreshead , Graduate Fellow of East Asian Studies, Yale University
Jan 17 , 2017Few recent developments in Sino-US relations, preceding the 2016 presidential election, strained the imagination. Enter Donald Trump.
- Patrick Mendis , Rajawali Senior Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School of Government
Jan 16 , 2017By ending the TPP trade pact, China would happily expand its domain of influence in the Pacific Rim region while other American allies and friends inevitably look for a more reliable partner in the neighborhood. As these geopolitical realities set in, will Trump’s campaign promises to “Make America Great Again” eventually default to “Making China Great Again” and leave the U.S. a dispensable nation?
- Elizabeth Muller , Executive Director, Berkeley Earth
Jan 17 , 2017With the advent of the Trump administration, many environmentalists are experiencing a sense of utter depression. President-elect Trump does not appear to agree that rapid development of renewable energy is good for the economy and the odds are that he and his Republican Congress will cancel many of the programs and incentives, such as subsidies, that were meant to promote renewables.
- Ted Galen Carpenter , Senior Fellow, Cato Institute
Jan 13 , 2017Neither China nor the United States should rationally wish to see a confrontation develop with a crucial economic partner. But we should also be aware of the limits of economic links as a restraining factor. For the first time since the rapprochement that Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger orchestrated in the early 1970s, an incoming U.S. president seems to be considering translating the China-bashing rhetoric of a presidential campaign into actual policy.
- Yu Xiang , Research Fellow, CICIR
Jan 16 , 2017The president-elect may be challenged more by his own Congress than by Beijing in his eagerness to confront China with the potential of a trade war. In reality, both countries benefit when they view the other in a positive light as an economic partner.
- Ashish Kumar Sen , Deputy Director of Communications, Atlantic Council
Robert Manning , Senior Fellow, Brent Scowcroft Center of Atlantic Council
Jan 11 , 2017China could retaliate in several ways that would cause serious damage to the United States if President-elect Donald Trump were to overplay his hand with the Asian nation, according to an Asia expert at the Atlantic Council.
- Jared McKinney , PhD student in International Relations, Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)
Jan 05 , 2017Chinese sources have attempted to explain the seizure of a U.S. Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV) with reference to maritime safety or protests over U.S. military reconnaissance in and around Chinese waters. China seized the drone to send a signal to President-elect Donald Trump that China wasn’t going to play around with any threats to the One China Principle, which Trump threatened by calling Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen. However, there is no need for abrupt action right now that alienates president-elect Trump and his advisors. China’s economic and global clout gives it the influence it needs to preserve its “core” interests in international society, and China’s true power doesn’t derive from its ability to pull a U.S. UUV out of the water; it comes from its regional and global economic influence.
- He Weiwen , Vice President and Senior Fellow, Center for China and Globalization
Jan 10 , 2017While addressing the existing problems in the manufacturing sector at home, the in-coming Trump Administration needs to enhance collaboration with China, for more Chinese investment in America in general, and in the manufacturing sector and massive infrastructure development in particular.
- Wang Yusheng , Executive Director, China Foundation for Int'l Studies
Jan 04 , 2017China has coped with the year’s upheavals with calmness and confidence, committed to its own principles in dealing with world affairs. The country must hope that US president-elect Trump will be similarly focused to meet the realities of our times.
- Tao Wenzhao , Researcher, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
Jan 03 , 2017While bilateral ties have been generally stable recently, especially in the wake of regular Xi-Obama meetings, people in both countries are waiting to see whether the relationship can transfer smoothly into the Trump era.