Sunday, December 04, 2016

Trump And Taiwan

You know, if you wanted to negotiate some trade deals with the goons that run China, having Taiwan as a bargaining chip isn't such a bad thing. It's a very Trumpian move. You reset the relationship by taking a position wildly in your favor and then you negotiate down from there.

My man @BDaddyLiberator has been trying to tell me this for a long time, but I was too locked into conventional wisdom to see it.


Foxfier said...

I'm more worried about the thing where China is building islands and then insisting other countries respect them as Chinese home-soil.... but this doesn't hurt that, either.

K T Cat said...

Yeah, it doesn't look like they did a whole lot of hand-wringing about that, does it?

Also, I wonder if the dingbat from the Philippines is starting to question his decision to cozy up with the Chinese now. I suspect Trump will be a little tougher than Obama.

IlĂ­on said...

Why would you call him a dingbat? He made a rational decision in his nation's self-interest based on the facts of political reality given eight years of the Obama pseudo-presidency and the assured-by-everyone-in-the-know incoming Clintonian third Obama term.

Foxfier said...

Check out some of the stuff on the guy. Dingbat is being far too polite.