Chinese Media Slams Trump’s Decision to Pick Hawkish Chinese Writer as Head of Trade Council
China’s nationalistic tabloid has slammed Donald Trump’s latest decision to appoint a hawkish Chinese author as head of the newly formed trade council. The hard-line stance taken by the state-owned tabloid stands completely in contrast to muted response of Chinese leadership.
Peter Navarro, who has penned several anti-Chinese books, was unveiled on Wednesday as the head of White House’s newly formed national trade council, which will be assigned with responsibility of overseeing trade and industrial policies.
The Global Times said that the appointment of Navarro is another proof “of the confrontational approach the incoming Trump administration seems intent on taking in relations with China.”
It further said that appointment of a renowned anti-Chinese writer on an influential position “is not a laughing matter at all.”
The article also sought to give a wakeup call to the Chinese government to prepare for a long-term war against the Trump administration.
“China needs to face up to the reality that the Trump team maintains a hard-line attitude toward China. It must discard any illusions and make full preparations for any offensive move by the Trump government,” it added.
Apart from authoring many anti-Chinese books, Navarro was one of the influential thinkers in Trump’s election campaign team and is believed to be the man who pushed Trump to unleash barrage of salvos against China’s trade practices.
Analysts said that Trump’s hard-line views were inspired by Navarro’s hawkish attitude against China, which has been deeply dealt with in his several books. These books include “Death by China & Crouching Tiger” and “What China’s Militarism Means for the World.”
In these books, Navarro claimed that the American economy has been greatly harmed by China’s growing affiliation towards capitalism. The hawkish author also asserted that the American government needs to adopt aggressive policies to win the on-going economic war against the Asian giant.
Source:- China Topix