Trump talks with #Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen @RealDonaldTrump pic.twitter.com/jAIswY1xzY
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Hearse DOESN'T Carry Castrohttp://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2016/12/a-fitting-end-castros-hearse-breaks-down.php
From what I said earlier:The government of China does not tell the President of the US who he may speak with. They are not our master; we are not their servants.-Mikey NTHAnd now: Is The Donald going to sport a Panda-fur coat this winter?If not - why not?https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDUjeR01wnU-Mikey NTH
Because The Donald don't wear nothing Made in China?
And now to be serious - which I do from time-to-time:Trump just let everyone who is receiving Chinese pressure in the Pacific that he intends to resist. Japan, Taiwan (given), Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, India, Australia, and even New Zealand should feel the pressure off - even the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, and so on. It will be interesting to see how the Philippines leap - their new president has anti-American baggage and has cast himself as receptive to China's blandishments. If this was a Cold War novel - a LeCarre or Ludlum type - he would be overturned in a coup.Eh, whatever. ;)-Mikey NTH
I suspect Duterte saw Obama for what he is, and expected Hillary to win the election and the US to continue to be non-supportive. Of course, there's the possibility that Trump won't be supportive.
If the Chinese know what's good for them they'll back off. Not Just the U.S., but all of the other Pacific Rim nations. As I recall, the Chinese had a terrible time with just the nation of Japan. I should think they don't want a replay of that. - Elric
Trump has a condo tower and a casino in Manila. Just getting to the point of being able to do that was remarkable. The big movers and shakers in the PI are people of Chinese descent. Thus he knows more about Asia than many former presidents, and his knowledge is more practical. Duterte isn't a problem because he's a nationalist. He simply wants a better life for his people. Law and order, a safe but fair interaction from those who wish to invest there. Secure boundaries. The peoples of Taiwan, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, etc., are all ones who have had experience with either imperial or military occupation and domination in their pasts and at base are nationalists themselves. The ones who are hesitant about Trump are those who feel they have something to lose if the USA becomes nationalist. The ones who have been buying up companies here, and establishing competitive enterprises here. Thus internationalists. You can't blame them for being a bit fearful. On the other hand, it isn't like our president is going to set a precedent for them by nationalising assets here as he has assets of his own abroad. And it makes no sense for us to discriminate against foreign investment here when we want deals elsewhere. I think it's just starting to sink in that this is a different kind of nationalism than history has seen before.
Trump's a nice guy, and picks up the phone when called. He'll talk to people.
Imagine the hand-wringing going on at the State Department by those "prissy bureaucrats".
Gee. How'd she get his phone number?