Spicer South China Sea Comments Draw Negative Beijing Response

President Donald Trump

While Ms Hua's comments are in line with established Chinese policy on the strategic waterway, they are also a reminder of Beijing's growing tetchiness with Donald Trump.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi addresses a new year reception held by the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs for foreign diplomats and representatives of global organizations in Beijing, capital of China, Jan. 24, 2017. Reagan issued the Oceans Policy in response to that decision. -China relationship for decades.

U.S. President Donald Trump signs an executive order on U.S. withdrawal from the Trans Pacific Partnership while flanked by Vice President Mike Pence (L) and White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus (R) in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington January 23, 2017. While China is a signatory of the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea, the United States is not. Neither the Philippines nor neighboring countries have the military muscle to confront China's warships and aircraft.

Three days after Trump's inauguration, China's navy announced the delivery of the CNS Xining destroyer, nicknamed the "carrier killer" for its large load of anti-ship and land attack cruise missiles. The common thread in the commentaries was the need for the USA to reassure its allies and partners in Asia of its commitment to the security of the continent in the face of a rising China.

But as Hayton pointed out, a USA attempt to enforce its position through a blockade could provoke military conflict and lose the support of American allies in Asia keen to avoid a superpower confrontation.

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"Trump is the president now, he is no longer in the campaign phase, and what he said may actually be put into practice", he said. "But if that's an indication of future weakness in Chinese growth, it also means a weakness in Chinese demand for other products and a lot of those are ag products". However, Eberhardt notes that impacted foreign countries would likely resort to immediate retaliation with tariffs imposed on United States goods. "The two sides should respect each other's core interests and major concerns and take a constructive approach to resolve our differences and do not let them to disturb over all interests of the bilateral relations", she said. To prevent this slide and provide reassurance, Chee wants Trump to "attend every ASEAN regional meeting, such as the ASEAN-U.S. Summit and the East Asia Summit". China, over the past year, has expanded its takeover of island territories in the sea, with the United States in particular being alarmed at satellite images purporting to show weapons systems popping up on artificial islets. Further, it presumed after he won the election that Trump was just a businessman seeking for points of influence. They will wait to see if Washington will sustain this when Beijing pushes back.

Noting that Trump "has a number of times highlighted the possibility of reducing certain USA commitments overseas", Hishammuddin expressed "hope that he will reconsider, given how crucial the Asia-Pacific is to America's security and economy". "We can not engage China in a war".

Björn Eberhardt, Head of Global Macroeconomic Research at the investment bank, acknowledged in his note that Trump has been appointing protectionist individuals to leading trade-related positions and that it is "highly likely that these nominees will also bring like-minded followers into crucial positions".

Ning Jizhe, China's statistics chief and deputy head of the top economic planning body, used his Friday briefing on 2016 economic data to congratulate Mr. Trump and say he hoped the new president keeps moving Sino-American cooperation forward.

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