Hawaii Intelligence Digest, 13 December 2016, 02:10 hrs, UTC, Post #49.
Accessed on 13 December 2016, 02:10 hrs, UTC.
Source: Geopolitical Monitor (see site URL above).
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Over the past decade, the Peoples Republic of China (PRC) has come out of its quiet diplomatic and economic shell and “has been making its presence felt on the world stage.” The administration of President Xi Jingping is pursuing what many have called “China’s Dream” of a strong country and a powerful military to fulfill its goals of expansion into Southeast Asia and East Africa.
With the surprising and unexpected election of Donald Trump as U.S. President, past plans formulated to work with Hillary Clinton are being revised. China is making adjustments to the forceful presence of Mr. Trump, who wants the United States to pursue a two-China policy, including both the PRC and Taiwan (Nationalist China), an island considered to be a breakaway province of mainland China.
According to the 07 December 2016 issue of the “Geopolitical Monitor”, China will have to make significant diplomatic, economic, and military adjustments to work with Mr. Trump.
Here is the analysis:
“This surprising development has undoubtedly given rise to some quick introspection in a Chinese government expecting to deal with the known quantity of Hillary Clinton. Trump’s victory reshuffles the deck of bilateral presumptions, those of a stable trade relationship, passive ‘FONOPS’ resistance in the South China Sea, climate cooperation, and even the long-practiced dance of unofficial relations with Taiwan.
New dynamics on the US side of the bilateral equation could alter the course of the Xi administration, either by forcing Beijing to pump the brakes on its newfound superpower assertiveness or by kicking the nationalist forces underpinning it into overdrive.”
Rough diplomatic times are ahead for China and the United States, especially now that China is expanding rapidly into areas of the South China Sea once controlled by the U.S. Navy. A military confrontation between China and the U.S. is a growing possibility.
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