The Trump Curveball: This Is What China Didn’t Expect (National Interest)

Donald Trump’s message to Xi Jinping: the United States intends to disengage with your country to the greatest extent possible.

The Trump administration is quickly reversing four decades of American thinking. Presidents from Nixon to Obama made the success of China’s Communist Party a goal of U.S. policy.

But Trump has not only eliminated that goal—his policies are either hostile to Beijing or indifferent to its interests—he is also disengaging from China altogether. And that is, despite concern, a good thing. Our relations with the Chinese state probably will be better, at least in the long run, with less—not more—contact. READ MORE

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