President Trump, alone among candidates and even presidents, had the stones to take on China. For too long our greed won out over common sense and it took Trump to restore balance to the important relationship between the two world leaders.
Trump is not done and negotiations are ongoing but for the first time in forever, the Chinese know Trump is serious and not just talking tough.
This terrifies them as should the words of Trump’s new Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan.
Shanahan also terrified the pundits at CNN when he said he would advance Trump’s agenda, as according to the media there is nothing as scary as Trump delivering on campaign promises.
“I now look forward to working with President Trump to carry out his vision alongside strong leaders including the service secretaries, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the combatant commanders, and senior personnel in the Office of the Secretary of Defense,” Shanahan said.
“It is an honor to work with such a dedicated team committed to the greatness of our nation,” he added.
Shanahan also had reminded everyone what is at stake. From Reuters:
Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan told civilian leaders of the U.S. military on Wednesday to focus on “China, China, China,” even as America fights militants in Syria and Afghanistan, a U.S. defense official said.
The comments came during Shanahan’s first meeting with secretaries of the U.S. military branches since taking over for Jim Mattis, who left office on Monday after resigning as defense secretary over policy differences with President Donald Trump.
The U.S. official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, did not elaborate on Shanahan’s views on China or what other guidance he gave during the meeting.
Other officials have described Shanahan as an advocate of the Pentagon’s toughening stance toward Beijing. The 2018 National Defense Strategy here. branded China as a strategic competitor.
The Pentagon has said he played a critical role in developing the strategy, which singled out China and Russia as top threats, saying they wanted to “shape a world consistent with their authoritarian model.”
The document said: “Long-term strategic competitions with China and Russia are the principal priorities for the Department, and require both increased and sustained investment.”
The defense official said Shanahan told Pentagon leadership to follow the document’s guidance, particularly regarding China.
“While we’re focused on ongoing operations, acting Secretary Shanahan told the team to remember China, China, China,” the official said.
Relations between the world’s two largest economies have plumbed new depths under Trump, with a trade war and disagreements over Taiwan and the South China Sea.