What do you think about the way China is responding to Trump’s Twitter obsession?

5 January 2017   
What do you think about the way China is responding to Trump’s Twitter obsession?

Trump has accused the Chinese government of a litany of heinous offenses. One offense for which Trump lamented against the Chinese was perpetuating the myth of global warming in an effort to combat U.S. manufacturing sectors. “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive,” he once tweeted. More recently, he accused the Chinese government of allowing and encouraging North Korea to advance its nuclear capacity. “China has been taking out massive amounts of money & wealth from the U.S. in totally one-sided trade, but won't help with North Korea. Nice!” he tweeted earlier this week after it was reported that North Korea was on the brink of completing development of ICBMs that can be used to carry nuclear warheads to the U.S.

In addition to these accusations, Trump has taken other massive jabs at the Chinese government. Along the campaign trail, he promised massive tariffs on Chinese products in order to boost U.S. manufacturing, which would deliver an extreme blow to the heavily manufacturing-reliant economy. As President-elect, he took a phone call with the president of Taiwan, reversing several decades of U.S. diplomatic policy with China and igniting a frenzy over whether or not the longstanding One China policy would last only as long as the Obama administration’s time in office.

With this, it is hardly a secret that Chinese officials are skeptical about the incoming Trump administration. Earlier today, in fact, the country’s official news agency published a commentary blasting Trump for his egregious use of poor diplomatic measures and his willingness to disrupt international stability on a whim. Specifically, they condemned the President-elect’s use of Twitter.

"The obsession with 'Twitter diplomacy' is undesirable," reads the column. "It is commonly accepted that diplomacy is not a child's game -- and even less is it business dealing. As former United States Secretary of State [Madeleine] Albright said, Twitter should not be a tool for foreign policy." Previously, another Chinese state-sanctioned publication criticized Trump for being as "ignorant as a child in foreign policy" and "pandering to irresponsible attitudes."

This response must not be taken lightly. Leading Chinese academics have claimed that the only reason the Chinese government has not responded with more harsh and severe measures is that Trump is technically still a private citizen and not the president. Once he takes the office in a little over two weeks, however, the tides could shift drastically, and Trump’s impulsive Twitter rants could carry undesirable, unintended international repercussions of significant magnitude.

According to Trump’s soon-to-be White House Press Secretary, Sean Spicer, Trump will continue to use Twitter to achieve his diplomatic and economic objectives, which is surely sending chills down the spines of Chinese officials holding their breath for January 20.

What do you think about the Chinese response to Trump thus far?