January 6, 2017
Beijing’s diplomats have been remarkably quiet after the election of Donald Trump, even though the president-elect has signaled his administration will pursue policies fundamentally disadvantageous to China.
Chinese leaders, some think, are merely laying in wait, but there are signs they have themselves been ambushed and still do not know how to react to Trump. Perhaps Erin Burnett put it best. “No one has ever talked to China like this before,” she said on her CNN show last month, in the wake of the president-elect taking a congratulatory phone call from Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen. “China doesn’t have a strategy to deal with this.”