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Self Determination: Diplomatic Row Over Taiwan Escalates. 'If China doesn't like it, Screw 'em', Says Trump Adviser

Self Determination: Diplomatic Row Over Taiwan Escalates. ‘If China doesn’t like it, Screw ’em’, Says Trump Adviser 

Donald Trump should not worry about insulting China and if Beijing objects to him speaking to Taiwan, “screw ’em”, an economic adviser to the US president-elect has said.

Stephen Moore, distinguished visiting fellow at The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank in Washington, said Mr Trump was right to risk China’s displeasure by speaking on the phone with the president of Taiwan, which the Chinese regard as a breakaway province.

He said: “Too many namby-pamby people in the foreign policy shop are saying ‘Oh my gosh we can’t do this, we might insult the Chinese.’ I don’t care if we insult the Chinese.


“Taiwan is our ally. That is a country that we have backed because they believe in freedom. We ought to back our ally, and if China doesn’t like it, screw ’em.”

Mr Moore added: “We see what’s happening in China the way they’re sabre rattling out there in the East, it’s about time we do what Reagan did, we stand up to these bullies.”

His comments came after Mr Trump stoked a diplomatic row by accusing Beijing of currency manipulation and flexing its muscles in the South China Sea.

He also became the first US president or president-elect since 1979 to speak by phone with a leader of Taiwan, talking with President Tsai Ing-wen. The US does not recognise Taiwan as a sovereign nation.

The White House said Mr Trump’s Taiwan phone call could “undermine” US relations with China.

Josh Earnest, President Barack Obama’s spokesman, said efforts had been made to reassure Chinese officials.

Beijing has so far exercised restraint, but China’s tightly controlled media went on the offensive on Tuesday.

“Trump’s China-bashing tweet is just a cover for his real intent, which is to treat China as a fat lamb and cut a piece of meat off it,” said the nationalist Global Times in an editorial.

The tabloid newspaper said Mr Trump “threw a tantrum against China”, as it criticised his “outrageous” and “reckless” remarks which showed his inexperience in diplomacy.

The overseas version of the People’s Daily, a Communist Party mouthpiece, said Mr Trump’s “petty moves” would not change relations with the US.

But the newspaper, which often tests Chinese leader’s opinions in the public realm, warned the president-elect that “a growing number of such moves can hinder the bilateral relationship in a major way.

“This is an issue that Trump and his transition team should take very seriously,” it added.

The China Daily, meanwhile, called for Mr Trump to receive advice on foreign affairs to avoid him experiencing “constant diplomatic conflagrations”.

It came as Mr Trump, who once claimed climate change was a hoax invented by the Chinese, appeared to reverse course dramatically on that issue as he met with Al Gore, the environmental activist and former US vice president.


Mr Gore, who has devoted his time since leaving office to the issue, praised the businessman for what he called a “sincere” discussion.

He said: “I had a lengthy and very productive session with the president-elect. It was a sincere search for areas of common ground. I found it an extremely interesting conversation, and to be continued.”

Mr Gore had gone to Trump Tower in New York for what was expected to be a meeting with the billionaire’s daughter Ivanka, who reportedly wants to make climate change a signature issue in her role as first daughter.

But Mr Gore, who won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for his climate change campaigning, said he spent the bulk of his time there talking to the president-elect.

The decision to meet Mr Gore appeared at odds with views previously expressed by Mr Trump.

In 2012 Mr Trump said: “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make US manufacturing non-competitive.”


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Emeh James Anyalekwa, is a Seasoned Journalist, scriptwriter, Movie producer/Director and Showbiz consultant. He is the founder and CEO of the multi Media conglomerate, CANDY VILLE, specializing in Entertainment, Events, Prints and Productions. He is currently a Special Assistant (Media) to the Former Governor of Abia State and Chairman Slok Group, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu. Anyalekwa is also the National President, Online Media Practitioners Association of Nigeria (OMPAN)

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