China warns Trump against iso­la­tion­ism

> Me­dia ed­i­to­ri­als also hit on fa­mil­iar theme of US mil­i­tary in­ter­ven­tion­ism

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SUNBIZ -

BEI­JING: Chi­nese state me­dia has warned the US pres­i­dent-elect against iso­la­tion­ism and in­ter­ven­tion­ism, call­ing in­stead for the United States to ac­tively work with China to main­tain the in­ter­na­tional sta­tus quo.

Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump threat­ened to tear up trade deals and pur­sue a more uni­lat­eral for­eign pol­icy un­der his “Amer­ica First” prin­ci­ple dur­ing a tem­pes­tu­ous elec­tion cam­paign.

But China and other for­eign gov­ern­ments are un­cer­tain how much of Trump’s rhetoric will be trans­lated into pol­icy be­cause he has pro­vided few de­tails of how he would deal with the world.

Trump of­ten tar­geted China in the cam­paign, blam­ing Bei­jing for US job losses and vow­ing to im­pose 45% tar­iffs on Chi­nese im­ports. The Repub­li­can also promised to call China a cur­rency ma­nip­u­la­tor on his first day in office.

US iso­la­tion­ist poli­cies had “ac­cel­er­ated the coun­try’s eco­nomic cri­sis” dur­ing the Great De­pres­sion, warned a com­men­tary by China’s of­fi­cial Xin­hua News Agency, though it added that “elec­tion talk is just elec­tion talk”.

The com­men­tary also cau­tioned against any tilt to­wards in­ter­ven­tion.

The Chi­nese me­dia in the past have crit­i­cised the United States and other West­ern pow­ers for in­ter­ven­ing in Afghanistan and Iraq and med­dling in in­ter­na­tional hot spots such as Ukraine.

“His­tory has proven that US over­seas mil­i­tary in­ter­ven­tion­ism causes them to pay dis­as­trous po­lit­i­cal and eco­nomic costs,” the com­men­tary said.

Hil­lary Clin­ton was widely seen in China as the more hawk­ish of the two can­di­dates, while some Chi­nese com­men­ta­tors saw Trump as a po­ten­tial prag­ma­tist on for­eign pol­icy.

A sec­ond Xin­hua com­men­tary pub­lished yes­ter­day morn­ing said the new US pres­i­dent and China should “jointly build a new model of ma­jor power re­la­tions”.

That echoes the po­si­tion of Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping that says global pow­ers should work to ac­com­mo­date, not con­tain, a ris­ing China in the in­ter­na­tional sys­tem. – Reuters

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