The awesome continues.
Treating Taiwan like a friend. How original. Of course, the rocket surgeons in the J-School disapprove because treating friends like friends angers those who aren't our friends.
Fixing Obama's screwups continues.
Yeah...I made a similar comment somewhere in here...we haven't seen the D-MC knee-jerk like this since the Soviet Union fell...the Chi-Com's are their new Commie BFF's!
America started getting it stupid on Taiwan once Reagan left office...the Establishment GOP had their man H.W.Bush in and it was back to adopting the Nixon/Kissinger position of not going out of your way to piss the Maoists off. Huge mistake. What we should have done (and could not achieve even under Reagan) was to fully embrace Taiwan, supported openly and loudly their independence and told the PRC if they want to have nicey nicey with us they have to accept an Independent Taiwan.
I never understood this irrational fear of angering the Chinese...it's like treating them like the Democrats treat blacks here...a combination of treats, appeasement and indifference to their actions...in the end all it does is make matters worse and builds up unnatural and artificial dependencies that can only result in complete disaster.
And I have no doubt Trump will get along better with Duterte, there can be some give and take there that benefits both nations, it doesn't have to be imperial America vs poor Philippines or angry Philippines vs indifferent America...and it doesn't mean the Philippines cannot engage with China or Russia if it wants to...the US simply has to treat the Philippines fair like it would any friendly
nation...if the focus is on mutual benefit and not seeking advantage there should be no problems of a material nature, period. One seeks advantages from foes and potential foes...friends should be accorded some deference as long as it isn't stupid.