Chinese state media has strongly criticized President-elect Donald Trump for his tweets about China after the Chinese military intercepted a U.S. Navy underwater drone.
“Among US voices, the tweets by President-elect Donald Trump have added the most fuel to the fire,” the Chinese government-controlled Global Times wrote in an opinion article. “His initial tweet said 'China steals United States Navy research drone in international waters - rips it out of water and takes it to China in unpresidented act,' in which he misspelled unprecedented, amusing American netizens. Later he posted another tweet saying 'We should tell China that we don't want the drone they stole back. - let them keep it!' He seemed emotionally upset, but no one knows what he wanted to say.”
The op-ed went on to say Trump's behavior is not becoming of a person who is about to become president of the United States.
“He bears no sense of how to lead a superpower,” the opinion article said. “Even the US military did not use the term 'steal' to describe the move by the Chinese navy. Trump's second tweet makes people worry that he will treat China-US relations as child's play.”
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The Chinese government has issued similar criticisms through the Global Times ever since Trump had a telephone call with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-Wen on Dec. 3.
China's “one-China” policy doesn't recognize Taiwanese independence and the U.S. government's protocol has ben to not officially recognize the country's independence either, although the U.S. has sold billions of dollars in weapons to Taiwan since 1979, according to CNN.
“Now people don't know if Trump is engaged in a psychological war with China or he is just unprofessional, even though he will be sworn in soon,” said the Global Times. “Regarding the Sino-US relationship, he challenged the one-China policy and despised the principles which both countries have adopted to manage crises.”
The Chinese government went on to issue a threat to the U.S. if Trump continues to challenge the status quo between the two nations.
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“One thing for sure is that Trump has no leverages to maneuver the world, nor can he reshape China-US relations and the way the two major powers interact,” the op-ed said. “Since he has not taken office, China has kept a calm attitude toward his provocative remarks. But if he treats China after assuming office in the same way as in his tweets, China will not exercise restraint.”