Donald Trump has been blasted as a ‘diplomatic rookie’ who must learn not to cross Beijing by Chinese state media, which warned the U.S. could pay dearly for his naivety.
The president-elect was attacked by Chinese newspapers this week, just days after he created potential diplomatic controversy by calling Taiwan and criticizing China’s government.
Trump’s protocol-shattering call with Taiwanese president Tsai Ing-wen and a subsequent Twitter tirade against Beijing’s policies could upend the delicate balance between the world’s two largest economies, the country’s media outlets said.
‘Provoking friction and messing up China-US relations won’t help “make America great again”,’ a front-page opinion piece in China’s People’s Daily said. The newspaper is a mouthpiece for the country’s Communist Party.The newspaper is a mouthpiece for the country’s Communist Party.
The nationalist Global Times newspaper’s Chinese edition also ran a page-one story on Trump’s ‘inability to keep his mouth shut’, damning his ‘provocation and falsehoods’.
Trump fired off two tweets on Sunday blasting China for devaluing its currency, taxing American imports, and building military installations in the South China Sea.
The comments followed criticism of Trump in the U.S. and Chinese media for taking a congratulatory phone call from Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, a move that flew in the face of nearly 40 years of diplomatic protocol and raised questions about whether the president-elect intends to pursue a hard line against Beijing.Official reaction from Beijing has been muted, but China often uses state media to telegraph its policy positions, sometimes employing rhetoric beyond the diplomatic pale.
The Global Times’ English-language edition filled its opinion pages with editorials slamming Trump.
The often brittle, provocative publication is not considered ‘official’ media, but has close ties to the ruling party.
Noting that Sino-U.S. relations had reached a delicate equilibrium thanks to years of careful management, an editorial in the paper warned Trump: ‘can make a lot of noise but that does not exempt him from the rules of the major power game.’ It went on to add he ‘doesn’t have sufficient resources’ to be provocative with China.
‘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,’ it said.