An Angry Beijing Responds: "We Will Never Dance To Trump's Tune"

With just one day to go until the Trump administration launches the first salvo in what could develop into a full-scale trade war between the US and China, there is the issue of a diplomatic (hopefully) resolution of escalating situation in North Korea, one which Citi today said is "increasingly likely" to involve military action. On this issue, China is becoming increasingly displeased with Trump's relentless twitter badgering, and as AFP reports, "Trump-style outbursts are no way to get China to bend to the US's will."

The animosity between D.C. and Beijing has been building up for months, as the two capitals have long traded blame over the failure to rein in the North, but last week's breakthrough in North Korean missile technology has raised the specter of a strike by Pyongyang on American cities, escalating the rhetoric.

"I am very disappointed in China," President Donald Trump tweeted after the North boasted last week that the entire mainland US was within range of its intercontinental ballistic missiles. "Our foolish past leaders have allowed them to make hundreds of billions of dollars a year in trade, yet they do NOTHING for us with North Korea, just talk."

While China - North Korea's main trade partner and ally - has repeatedly countered that it does not hold the key to the crisis and has rejected Trump's attempts to link the issue to the trade relationship, keeping official responses to Trump's 140-character outbursts restrained, state media has been less muted.

"Trump is quite a personality," an opinion piece published Monday by the Xinhua state news agency said. "But emotional venting cannot become a guiding policy for solving the nuclear issue ... and even less should (the US) stab China in the back."

It's not just Trump who has repeatedly urged China to use its economic sway over North Korea to curb the regime's nuclear program, even as Beijing insists dialogue is the only practical way forward. Recently Rex Tillerson derided China and Russia as "economic enablers" that bear "unique and special responsibility" for the growing threat posed by the North. And the US's ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, spurned a UN response to the latest ICBM launch in favor of bomber flights and missile-defense-system tests, saying the time for talk on North Korea was "over."

Such admonishments will not change the way China operates, analysts say.

"Trump might be brash and have an 'in your face' blunt style, but Beijing's approach to Washington stays relatively the same," Xu Guoqi, a China-US relations expert at the University of Hong Kong, told AFP.

"While Trump tweets his positions to the world, Beijing keeps its cards closer to its chest. (China) will never dance to Trump's tune." And with "today's America weaker and more isolated in the world," China has even less reason to respond, he said.

Meanwhile, Beijing authorities have reacted with caution to Trump's unpredictable remarks, which have ranged from describing the country as a "currency manipulator" to calling President Xi Jinping "a very good man." Relations had warmed following Trump's pledge to honor the key "One China" policy and Xi's visit to Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida this April, but they have since soured again over North Korea.

Worse, if the US does not ease off against an implacable China, observers believe a deterioration is inevitable. "If the Americans continue to blame China while shifting away from its own obligation to defuse the crisis, the two powers are likely to have more quarrels," said Zhong Zhenming, a China-US relations expert at Shanghai's Tongji University. "(This is) exactly the result Pyongyang hopes to see," he told AFP.

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And while we await for the official announcement of Trump's trade probe into China's intellectual property and trade practices, it already took steps to further antagonize Beijing when in June the US slapped unprecedented sanctions on a Chinese bank accused of laundering North Korean cash after Trump tweeted that China's efforts to curtail North Korea's nuclear program had "not worked out."

Still, some analysts believe Trump would stop short of following through on repeated threats to start a trade war, his main and perhaps last bargaining chip: "Neither China nor America could afford a trade war," Zhong said.

Perhaps, but to the increasingly irrational White House, this may be the only option. An editorial in the state-run Global Times, a nationalistic tabloid, warned that the US would lose in a trade dispute with China, which as the top holder of US Treasury bonds "is actually supporting the dollar."

"Washington had better not threaten China with trade since China has the tools to safeguard its economic interests," it said.


Comments

radbug Aug 3, 2017 5:55 PM Permalink

The Greens have discovered a truth: being permanently furious is demoralising. As time wears on, cheerleaders must deliver or their supporters move on. As time wears on, Congress must deliver concrete action on China and Russia or be abandoned by their supporters. Permanent fury won't be enough. Congress and/or Trump must instigate something, something with serious, and unforeseen, economic/political consequences for the status quo.

FreeEarCandy Aug 3, 2017 3:15 PM Permalink

From the KING and I... "King: You think you teach King lesson, but this is one lesson you do not get paid for teaching! In the future, you will stop instructing wives and children in silly English song "Home Sweet House" to remind me of breaking promises I never make, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera! Anna: Your majesty, I do not intend to have my boy brought up in a harem, and you did promise me a house; "a brick residence adjoining the palace," those were your very words in the letter. King: [obviously does remember] I do not remember such words. Anna: I remember them. King: I will do remembering! Who is king here? I remind you, so you remember that! I do not remember any promises! I do not remember anything except that you are my servant! Anna: Oh, no, your majesty. King: What, what, what? I said you are my servant! Anna: No, your majesty, that is not true. I am most certainly not your servant, and what is more, if you do not give me the house you promised, I shall be forced to return to England immediately. [children protest] Princess Ying Yaawolak: I believe in snow! Lady Thiang: Do not let her go away. King: I let her do nothing that is not my pleasure! It is my pleasure that you stay here, in palace, in palace! Anna: No, your majesty. King: [heavy sigh] Why do you wish to leave these children, all of whom are loving you so extraordinarily? Anna: I do not wish to leave them. I love them, too, quite extraordinarily, but I cannot stay in a country where a promise has no meaning. King: I will hear no more about this promise! Anna: A land where there is talk of honor and a wish for Siam to take its place among the modern nations of the world, where there is talk of great changes, but where everything still remains according to the wishes of the king. King: You will say no more! No more! Anna: I will say no more, because there is no more to say. Come, Louis. [Anna and Louis leave. Children protest] King: Out, out, OUT! [everyone, except the King, leaves] "

OCnStiggs Aug 3, 2017 2:25 PM Permalink

China action today bears little of the pragmatic wisdom of Confucius.If they ignore stepping in and shutting down Kim & Klan, South Korea and Japan will declare their aim to become nuclear states. Both could do it autonomously inside of three years. That would be an enormous security issue for China. They do not want any more nuclear capable neighbors.Trump will soon drop this hint on the Chinese either directly or through the leaders of these two nations. THAT will get China's attention.

Rebelrebel7 (not verified) Aug 3, 2017 2:04 PM Permalink

Following the neocon- neoliberal  establishment's advice in the deceptive legislation, which Trump even admitted was seriously flawed,  and fgor dome inexplicable reason, he signed seriously flawed legislation into law, is certainly NOT helping matters AT ALL!It will likely increase global instability and further alienate the US, not only from China, North Korea,  and Russia, but all of Europe!This is clearly a terrorist plot, since the neocons and neoliberals are treasonously loyal to Saudi Arabia and Israel which are both terrorist nations!Let's skip the Russian investigation of Trump, and investigate the entire establishment for their relationships with Saudi Arabia and Israel!Everyone knows! You have fooled nonody! 

redc1c4 (not verified) Aug 3, 2017 1:47 PM Permalink

stupid Chinks aren't smart enough to see that they are dancing for Trump, just by saying this.if it wasn't for theft of intellectual property, t'd still be using two sticks to pick up one grain of rice, and one stick to pick up 2 buckets of shit.

kindasketchy redc1c4 (not verified) Aug 3, 2017 1:57 PM Permalink

While the Chinese have undoubtedly have stolen quite a bit, they've also been handed quite a bit as well. China makes turning over trade secrets part of the cost of doing busisness and companies comply-even when they know the information will eventually be used to compete against them. Who's the stupid one in that situation? 

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Gohigher Aug 3, 2017 1:44 PM Permalink

MIDTERMS:
Re-elect nobody. Purge the houses with your votes.
K-street wastes their (your) money buying your elected reps.....
Washington locks up.
It does not matter who you vote for, just never thems dats in der right now.

1st , Trump
2nd , re-elect NOBODY
3rd , withhold all income tax
4th , all out war against the system

Our elected officials in alignment with the Deep State and a veto proof sanctions bill declared war on Russia. Nuland has filed for copyright infringement because our elected officials just yelled, "fuck the EU". The USSA and the above traitors are about to declare (trade) war on China who just happens to hold the dead man's switch on our economy.

Fuck the war pigs. Step Two. Burn it down.

Stormtrooper Aug 3, 2017 1:27 PM Permalink

Why is it that China and Russia don't fear N Korea but the US does.  Humm, is the bully starting to worry that the weakling has taken some self defense classes and might kick his ass?

NobodyNowhere Aug 3, 2017 12:39 PM Permalink

"Our foolish past leaders have allowed them to make hundreds of billions of dollars a year in trade, yet they do NOTHING for us ...."That statement alone might immortalize the Donald in history books.

Herdee Aug 3, 2017 12:33 PM Permalink

Lots of Federal Government Cocaine and Heroin money coming through NY Banks. Oh ya, I'm sorry, the Courts turn a blind eye because it's a Government Operation.

BrownCoat Aug 3, 2017 12:25 PM Permalink

China doesn't get it. Part 2.China acts like a spoiled brat. It takes whatever it wants. It steals or does not pay for what it takes. If someone asks China to do something, forget it. It's China that tells you what to do and don't you forget it!  I'd say more, but I have to change its diapers before it starts crying again. 

BrownCoat Aug 3, 2017 12:22 PM Permalink

China doesn't get it.  China wants to be a world power (not the paper tiger it is now). Unfortunately, China is incapable of ACTING like a world power. China thinks bullying other countries is how to run the world. LOL No, that is what the Fat Boy in North Korea does and I don't know anyone that considers Fat Boy anything but a wacko dictator.What would a world with China as a world power look like? Expect more wacko dictators thowing missiles everywhere under a world run by China. Expect more human rights attrocities (beheadings, gas attacks, disappearances - like those Hong Kong book dealers). Expect everybody to do what China wants. Expect to pay bribes for favors from China (cuz that's what Communists and Organized Criminals like Obama/Clinton do). Expect all your stuff to be stolen like your intellectual property rights and any profits from your foreign investments.

Boubou Aug 3, 2017 12:11 PM Permalink

The first two Chinese tire pumps I bought, failed and blew up the car wiring.I managed to find one made in USA. That one did the same but the switch couldn't handle the load, also caught fire.When you looked you could see - trying to compete with a Chinese price they made something far worse. A period of adjustment would be necessary for US to make stuff again but if they paid their workers a real wage, maybe they culd afford to buy the stuff.

vietnamvet Aug 3, 2017 12:05 PM Permalink

Gee, it seems no Trumptard has any sense of history.  Like, what the fuck happened the last time the US tried to wipe out NK?  Can you say Chinese TRUMP card motherfucker?

my new username Aug 3, 2017 11:55 AM Permalink

We have been hearing "that is not the way to deal with China" for the last 50 years.There is the Chinese way, or the highway, according to the experts - who are more interested in robbing American Peter to pay Chinese Paul.The only way to deal with China or Korea is through unwavering strength and unrelenting imposition of will.The longer you wait, the worse the pain.

Boubou Aug 3, 2017 11:54 AM Permalink

Trump can't even get Republicans or his own staff to dance to his tune. He has handed his options to the house and an establishment general who now speaks for him.How can anyone else be expected to dance?  Pistol shots to the feet?

Déjà view Reaper Aug 3, 2017 11:43 AM Permalink

At the G-10 Rome meetings held in late 1971 Connally proclaimed to his astonished counterparts, "The dollar is our currency, but it's your problem,"

Soon after came President Richard Nixon's justifiably infamous 'new economic policy', announced on 15 August 1971. The prime architect of the 'Nixon shock' was treasury secretary John Connally and included a brazenly unilateral 10% surcharge on all dutiable imports (a powerful bargaining chip), a 10% reduction in foreign assistance expenditures, closing the 'gold window' (so the dollar was no longer freely convertible) and 90-day wage and price controls.

If the intent was to shock, trumpet the unacceptability of the status quo, and incentivise its overseas counterparts (including the Germans who only wanted one thing from their currency: stability), few economic policies have been so successful. Financial officials on both sides of the Atlantic (and Pacific) by then recognised that a full-blown dollar crisis could explode at any moment and were rushing to the bargaining table

Connally consistently and effectively focused the G-10 on three key areas of discussion: exchange rate realignment (long overdue), trade liberalisation (improved opportunities for US exporters) and more equitable burden sharing (of mutual defence expenditures and development assistance, for which the US had long borne the lion's share).

https://www.ipe.com/the-dollar-is-our-currency-but-its-your-problem/2559...

"All Over Again"..."History Rhymes"...

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iamerican4 (not verified) Money_for_Nothing Aug 3, 2017 12:11 PM Permalink

While JFK was POTUS we used "US Notes" for currency, seamlessly issued debt-free from the Treasury. The privately-owned "Federal Reserve Bank" was on the ropes.Upon the "Guardian of the Vatican Treasury" Rothschild/Rockefeller Vatican banker/FedScam's Knight of Malta-led Roman Catholic CIA's now adudicated assassination in Dallas (viz. 'Hunt v. Marchetti'), under the field supervision of "Big Oil on Murder and Arson" Rockefeller-lieutenants "Knight of Malta" Auschwitz-builder, Hitler bagman passing-Khazar Prescott Bush's butt-boy, Richard Nixon, and GHW Bush, "Federal Reserve Notes" were restored to circulation and "US Notes" withdrawn. The same satanic faction committed 9/11 and constitutes the "Deep State" staffed by psychopaths - molested Roman Catholic altar boys like the "Muslim" Brennan.

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adamas Aug 3, 2017 11:15 AM Permalink

Why the hell should anyone dance to the Yanks tune any longer. The America of the 1950's,  with Frank Sinatra,  white news broadcasters,  white mum's and dads with white kids , in persil white clothes whilst the groids were kept at the back.of the bus compares favourably with the collapsing mongrel state of filthy  queer half breeds America has become... I just wish that fucking volcano in Yellowstone would go pop and cover North America in a foot of ash.

Money_for_Nothing adamas Aug 3, 2017 11:29 AM Permalink

US citizens say buzz off. You are confusing a bunch of queers in Washington DC with the US. The rest of the world is FUp and want to blame the US for their own problems. North Korea wants a pay-off. Trump is the first president since Reagan to say no. After Trump ends the Korean War (over 50 years) Asia will be rushing to develop North Korea.
One belt one road will be in a ditch.

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innertrader Aug 3, 2017 11:14 AM Permalink

Beijing has been "dancing" to the USA's tune for decades, AT OUR COST!   That is what brought them out of the dark ages!  However, bringing Beijing up has brought the USA down, which was all due to Clinton!  NOW is the time to STOP THE INSANITY AND TRUMP IS DOING IT!!!  However, he needs our support now, more than ever!!! SETH RICH!EBERWEIN! TRIUMPH with TRUMP!!!

Phillyguy Aug 3, 2017 11:12 AM Permalink

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Any US attack on NK will likely lead to direct retaliation from China and Russia, both bordering NK. Greed, arrogance and dishonesty are not a solid foundation upon which to base foreign policy. The actions of Trump and Congress may well directly lead to WWIII. This will not end well.

Pacman7293 Aug 3, 2017 11:13 AM Permalink

China is a boisterous egomaniacal command and control regime, and clearly writing this because Trump is having a profound effect on them. They have the biggest chip on their shoulder of any nation on earth, they are exactly like North Korea, but more cunning. Lying is a way of life in China. China and North Korea are allies.. it's obvious. Nuke both of them. 

Money_for_Nothing Aug 3, 2017 11:09 AM Permalink

Maybe China and Germany can run trade surpluses to each other.

China can administer the South China Sea easily with no shipping.
One belt one road can ship to Russia. Rubble could be reserve currency. (giggle)

US demand drives marginal price. World prices collapse if no US. China doesn't want deflation.

No China trade (or EU trade) US prices rise. US Government wants inflation.

Lots of losers. Trump isn't one of them.

Savvy Aug 3, 2017 11:07 AM Permalink

Trump is isloating the US. This may be a good thing though if you Yanks will take the initiative to be self reliant and stop counting on the fucking gov for anything.

Money_for_Nothing Savvy Aug 3, 2017 11:14 AM Permalink

It's the legal and illegal aliens that count on the government. That is why Hillary lost. Trump is saying the truth. The world has been shipping goods to the US below cost to gain market share. Well lets see if the world can take care of itself without the US to wipe it's ass.

Trump is building up the US military so that the US will win its Boxer Rebellion. China lost the Boxer Rebellion and that is why the Communist came to power. DC is full of Communist and that is why they are trying to drive the US down the same path.

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