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How Trump to deal with China

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31.01.2017
By Frank Ching

Donald J. Trump's inauguration on Jan. 20 as the 45th President was a defining moment in American history, as the United States turned inward, discarding the mantle of leadership that it had assumed over the last 75 years.

Having run as a populist candidate, it is not surprising that the bulk of his inaugural address was devoted to the domestic scene, which he painted in somber hues. But he also spoke on foreign affairs ― not about America's commitment to global leadership but about how America's foreign entanglements had led to the weakening of American industry, the depletion of America's military and the decay of its infrastructure.

Instead of a postwar international order created and led by the US, Trump sees a world in which the US is a victim where other countries take advantage of its generosity. The US, it seems, should now turn its back on the world.

Significantly, he said not a word about the role of American business, about how the rich got richer by shuttering factories and moving them overseas, leaving American workers jobless, how rich people like himself avoided paying taxes and how, in 2014, the........

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