The Global Times of China, which is run by the Chinese government, recently mocked President-elect Donald Trump in a scathing editorial (video below).
During his campaign, Trump repeatedly attacked China for taking U.S. jobs, even though some of his own signature retail clothing is made there. After his election in November 2016, Trump had a phone conversation with the president of Taiwan, which was a break in U.S. protocol that has been in place since 1979, noted CNN. China filed a formal complaint with President Barack Obama's administration in December 2016.
CNN host John Berman read part of the Global Times of China's mockery of Trump on Jan. 16:
Trump’s thinking about China is becoming increasingly clear: He wants China to make huge economic and trade concessions to the U.S. To achieve that, he is willing to stir certain calm areas in China-U.S. relations, including treating the Taiwan issues as his trump card. We were simply angry initially, but now we can’t help but laugh at this U.S. leader-in-waiting. Maybe American voters "promoted" him too quickly, his amateur remarks and over-confident manner are equally shocking.
On Jan. 16, Trump stepped on the toes of Germany when he threatened to place a 35 percent tariff (tax) on imported cars from that country if German companies build manufacturing plants in Mexico, notes Reuters.
Trump made his comments during an interview with Germany's Bild newspaper: "If you want to build cars in the world, then I wish you all the best. You can build cars for the United States, but for every car that comes to the USA, you will pay 35 percent tax. I would tell BMW that if you are building a factory in Mexico and plan to sell cars to the USA, without a 35 percent tax, then you can forget that."
In response, BMW executive Peter Schwarzenbauer insisted that the company will still invest about $1 billion in a new manufacturing plant in Mexico in 2019.
Trump has also threatened a "big border tax" on Toyota if the Japanese company manufactures its Corolla cars in Mexico.