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    Donald Trump: Chasing the Chinese Dragon

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    President-elect Donald Trump is sending clear signals that he will abide by his campaign promises to pursue a tough line in dealing with China, tweaking Obama’s ‘Pivot to Asia’ to make it more about economic competition as opposed to naval standoffs.

    In an article titled “Donald Trump’s Message Sparks Anger In China”, written by Damian Paletta and carried by The Wall Street Journal, the author writes that:

    “Chinese officials late Friday and early Saturday played down Mr. Trump’s precedent-breaking phone call with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, which a transition official said had been arranged by Bob Dole, the former Republican senator and presidential nominee. The call went beyond pleasantries and included a discussion about China and stability in the Asia-Pacific, according to a person familiar with the call.”

    But, he said, the Chinese weren’t too happy with Trump’s tweets, making their feelings known through a strongly worded op-ed piece:

    “The People’s Daily, the Communist Party’s leading newspaper, said in a front-page commentary in Monday’s overseas editions that “Trump and his transition team ought to recognize that creating trouble for China-U.S. relations is just creating trouble for the U.S. itself.” It criticized Mr. Trump’s tweets for portraying the phone call “as not a big deal” and warned that if such “petty tricks” are allowed to go unanswered, Beijing could expect to see more of these provocations once he’s in office.”

    Vladimir Sotnikov, Director of the East-West Strategic Studies Center (studio guest), Brian Yeung, independent geopolitical expert, Yuri Tavrovsky, professor at People's Friendship University of Russia commented on the issue.

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