Opinion / Politics

Trump Turns Up Heat on Communist China

Communist ChinaCommunist China is under pressure from the Trump Administration – and they do not like it. After decades of military modernization, abusive trade practices, theft of US intellectual property, cyberattacks, militarizing artificial islands, propagating COVID-19, and crushing human rights – not to mention deals with Joe Biden’s son – Trump is calling China out. China is writhing.

The latest example is China’s overreaction to US sale of defensive Patriot missiles to Taiwan.  After the ho-hum deal was announced, China last week slapped sanctions on the American company for selling Patriot missiles to Taiwan.  That act signals China’s growing frustration.  Trump is getting to them.  See: https://news.yahoo.com/china-slaps-sanctions-lockheed-martin-over-taiwan-deal-110315113.html.

Historical context is important.  China’s overreaction is obvious by reference to history.  First, US relations with Taiwan – a freedom-loving people with enormous admiration for America – are governed by the so-called Taiwan Relations Act (TRA). That act, signed in 1979 by President Carter, is deliberately ambiguous on Taiwan’s status.

The TRA allows Communist China to maintain the fiction that Taiwan is part of China, while allowing the United States and Taiwan to conduct de facto diplomatic and trade relations as with all “foreign countries, nations, states, governments …” The ambiguity preserves cross-strait peace, in effect delaying any determination that Taiwan is either China or independent.

Truth is, having spent time in Taiwan, the island is physically, politically, economically, and militarily independent.  It has been for decades – and China knows it.  Military sales are allowed under the TRA: “The United States will make available to Taiwan such defensive articles and defensive services … necessary to enable Taiwan to maintain sufficient self-defense capabilities.”  So, China is overreacting.

Beyond that, US military sales to Taiwan are not novel.  Jimmy Carter sold more than $500 million in military armaments to Taiwan, including missiles and aircraft.  Ronald Reagan sold Taiwan fighter aircraft parts, C-130s, armored personnel carriers, and other military equipment. George H.W. Bush sold Knox frigates and 150 F-16s.

Not to be outdone, Bill Clinton initiated military deals with Taiwan in 34 categories, selling everything from Patriot missiles to frigates, minesweepers to Chinook and Cobra helicopters, logistics for F-5s, F-16s, F-104s, T-38s, C-130s, both hellfire and stinger missiles.

After George W. Bush sold air-to-air, air-to-ground, and other missiles, plus P-3s, more Patriot upgrades and 30 attack helicopters, Barack Obama sold 60 Blackhawk helicopters, various ships, more Patriots, and military addenda in 17 categories.

Even before the latest deal for Patriots, Trump sold Taiwan missiles, parts for fighters, battle tanks and more F-16s.  The historical record is crystal clear:  The US has a longstanding military sales relationship with Taiwan.  That relationship is not going away.

So, why the sudden imposition of sanctions on a US company for sale of defensive Patriot missiles? Answer: Communist China is feeling the pressure. They are pushing back against Trump’s push-back against decades of Chinese overreach in trade, cyberattacks, economic intimidation, militarization of trade routes, spread of COVID-19, and human rights suppression in Xinjiang and Hong Kong.

Like Ronald Reagan’s decision to call out communist illegitimacy in the Soviet Union, Donald Trump is calling out China’s communist illegitimacy. He is saying – no more illegality.

On July 12, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo refused to recognize China’s maritime claims in the South China Sea, where China created a military hub in trade lanes. On July 13, Trump signed legislation imposing sanctions on officials who undermine Hong Kong’s autonomy. On July 14, Pompeo banned employees from Huawei who suppress human rights in the Xinjiang region.

Where does all this lead?  Likely to a period of increased international focus on Communist China’s illegitimate behaviors, hopefully greater accountability to international norms and law, and a greater sense that what is wrong cannot persist.

Does sale of Patriots to Taiwan and China’s overreaction mean a war?  Hardly. Does Trump’s effort to make China accountable mean tension?  Possibly, but that is the cost of accountability.

For decades, Communist China has run roughshod over Western interests, allies, and international law.  For the first time in three decades, China is being forced to answer.

To be clear, America has an ardent ideological, economic, and potential military adversary in China – even if Joe Biden thinks they are a pushover.  China thinks Biden is the pushover. In 2013, his son notched a billion-dollar deal with China – while his father served as Vice President. Even in Communist China, that looks like corruption.  See, e.g., https://nypost.com/2019/05/11/the-troubling-reason-why-biden-is-so-soft-on-china/.

In any event, the latest sword-crossing is not unexpected.  It tells us Trump is getting to China.  Trump is hard as nails on China’s dishonesty.  He is using a combination of carrot and stick to get fair trade, reduced military overreach, regional peace, and accountability under law.

As Reagan called out Soviet Communists, Trump is calling out Chinese Communists. Bottom line: Communist China is under pressure from Trump – and they do not like it.  Anyone who believes in the rule of law should.

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2 months ago

I thank God every day that Donald is our president!

Ginger Lymbery
2 months ago

And that is why China intentionally released COVID19 on the world….make no mistake about it, this was no accident. China does not care how many of their citizens die from something like this, it was a way to possibly destroy our economy and by shutting down businesses, we helped them….there was no reason to do that when the numbers of infected and dead are not much higher than a usual flu season. I no longer purchase Chinese products….and it makes me furious that this large companies are purchasing masks that are made in China…they are rewarding economically the very country… Read more »

smart person
2 months ago

This is the greatest news ever!!!!!!! Trump 2020!!!!!!!!!
FINALLY someone has the guts to stand up to the horrible China Communist Party!!!!!!!!

2 months ago

China has been allowed, through 30 years of the United States intentionally ignoring and tolerating China’s non-stop stealing of our intellectual property though insane business deals with hundreds of U.S. companies, rampant spying conducted within our best R&D facilities and an unchecked Belt and Road initiative to lock up valuable resources around the world, to become the second largest economy on earth with a military that is near parity with ours. Where you see fear from China, I see the CCP as flexing their growing economic and military strength in defiance of both international law and the will of the… Read more »

Stephen Russell
2 months ago

Bring ALL US products to the US from China, Cut trade, cut patents, ID student spies in US, ID lobbying firms as fronts for China in DC alone, Use tax leins, fines, to make point
Order key US personnel home.
Reduce Emb staff size IF warranted.
Give China “faulty” products then.
Name names, name organz as “fronts” for China

Glenna Cox
2 months ago

I am 100% behind Trump.. China needs to be called out.

Phil Hammersley
2 months ago

Pressure ALL US companies to get production out of Red China! Then tell the PRC to go suck an egg!! They need us more than we need them.

2 months ago

President Trump is as good at manipulating China as he is the liberal media.
I love how he lets them dig their own hole deeper and deeper, before he kicks them into their own grave. :-)

2 months ago

YEA for Trump….it’s ABOUT TIME we have a person in the WH to stand up for the USA like this!!! Trump even surpasses Reagan in my opinion…and I’m old enough to know about it!!! Keep this man in office – we NEED him!!!

Patriot Will
2 months ago

Great point in comparing President Reagan’s attitude to the Soviet Union as being very similar to President Trump’s attitude to Communist China. Both Communist Soviet Union and Communist Red China are evil countries who desire to dominate more and more power at the expense of individual liberty and freedom. It is so upsetting that the Communist Whites and Blacks in this country want to destroy President Trump, so that liberty and freedom for Americans and the rest of the world will be increasingly weakened and destroyed.

Jeff Noncent
2 months ago

This is what need to take place President Trump need to be more forceful against China

2 months ago

I am sure that when Nixon went to China it wasn’t meant to lead up to THIS! It was the clintons who sold us out and the likes of diane feinstein who, for 20 years didn’t know her chinese driver was a chinese SPY! Yeah and I am the tooth fairy!!! We, The PEOPLE, deserve the TRUTH about china AND WHO is responsible because I am sure that there are more in congress under the chinese payroll besides feinstein and the clintons. Remember that it was under clinton that most of our jobs went overseas. It has been TRUMP that… Read more »

2 months ago

Trump’s re-election campaign should emphasize what more of the same can do for the USA. More of what he has already done is what we need.

Rick J.
2 months ago

President Trump has the vision to see the real danger that the Chinese Communist government is to
Americans and our long term survival.

Glenn Riquito
2 months ago

I think I have this whole coronavirus thing figured out. It is being used as a tool to convert the world to communism. If you talk to staff who work in hospitals, you find out that virtually any death that occurs in a hospital is now attributed to the coronavirus in order for the hospital to receive federal funds. As such, probably 90% or more of the pandemic is fraud. Across the world, the more fear grows and economies weaken, the more people can be controlled. And wearing a mask every day causes brain damage due to lack of oxygen,… Read more »

Charlene Troutman
2 months ago

Defeat communism.

Peter K
2 months ago

As with much of our countries problems, they have a strong root in education and corruption. If we were to investigate all Confucius Centers born from the Confucius Institutes in our schools from K-12 to the universities and all the teachers/professors participating in them, I suspect we will find two things, spies and traitors. Both of which are fully supported by OUR educational system. I believe there are around 500 of them, but I may be wrong but I doubt it. Look into it and be startled by the not so subtle ways China is indoctrinating our young and stealing… Read more »

John byrne
2 months ago

It is actually very simple, STOP BUYING CHINESE JUNK! Notice the greeting cards in CVS or Walmart, the cards made in China are $7,$8 dollars, cards made in USA $4,$5, go figure thanks Hallmark for selling out. We the people have the power of the purse, not just against communist China but also against these companies that are backing the radical Marxist that are ruining major cities. WAKE UP AMERICA, before it’s too late!!!

Paul Revere
2 months ago

China, be patient! All your dreams may soon come true. The pundits tell us Dopey Joe will be the one negotiating new deals with you after after the November Presidential Election. Naturally, he will cheerfully sell out his country, and mine, in favor of yours. So, if you want Taiwan, no problem; if you want to continue stealing U.S. intellectual property, go right ahead; if you want our fleet out of the South China Sea, consider it sunk. Whatever you want you got. Just make the usual billion dollar — or 6,981,000,000. 00 yuan — deposit in the secret offshore… Read more »

Allan Brem
2 months ago

It stuck that it must be somewhat difficult for the poor federal and affiliated employees who have TSPs and 401Ks not talk ebout what the Administration’s policies is doing for their financial security.

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