China Has Fits Over Call to Trump. So?
It seems China is all butt-hurt over a phone call Trump received from Tsai Ing-wen, the president of Taiwan. President Tsai called to congratulate president-elect Trump on his win. It is reported that Trump in turn congratulated her on her win. Wasn't that nice? People getting along and congratulating each other. Beijing can't stand it, though. After all, they believe Taiwan "is an inalienable part of China's territory." https://www.yahoo.com/news/beijing-protests-us-over-trump-taiwan-call-100028112.html Who cares? U.S. relations with China have evolved through the last few decades. Until about forty-five years ago, The Republic of China represented China on the world stage, and not the Chi-Com, People's Republic of China. As you recall, the civil war after WWII is where the Chi-Coms took control of the Chinese mainland, forcing the Republic of China to retreat to the Island of Taiwan. Enough of boring, old history about which no one cares. Trump, a man who knows how to use Twitter and is not one to let something go without comment, fires back, "Interesting how the U.S. sells Taiwan billions of dollars of military equipment but I should not accept a congratulatory call." Who is Trump, or the United States for that matter, to worry about the political intrigues of the rest of the world? Were one to read George Washington's Farewell Address, it wouldn't take long at all to realize how badly we've made a mess of foreign policy; a mess that has cost us a fortune in both treasure as well as lives. In his farewell address, he went in great length to explain how having either great affection or great contempt for another nation is not advantageous and that becoming involved with the politics of other nations is dangerous. Thomas Jefferson summed it up in a nutshell; "Commerce with all nations, alliance with none, should be our motto." This being the case, if the Republic of China wishes to be our friends, so be it. If the People's Republic wishes to be our friends, so be that. If the two political entities are at odds with one another, that is for them to sort. It is for us to remain neutral, and to stay silent on the matter. What someone needs to explain to president-elect Trump is how to remain silent. Yes, our nation does business with Taiwan. We also do business with China. If China feels the need to make a big deal over a phone call from the president of Taiwan, who cares? Keep quiet while they have a fit. After all, the only thing that is important between this nation and the others is commerce. Other than that, we should stay out of their affairs and they should stay out of ours.