In Donald Trump’s tariffs of China.
I spent years reading books about China and their relationship with England. My favorite were James Clavell’s incredible series Shogun, Taipan, King Rat and Noble House. In these, Clavell explains the Chinese mind and a concept called face. (respect)
In short, China never gave Obama any face.
The Chinese knew Obama was full of shit up to his goofy ass ears. All his babbling about global climate change was pure BS. Obama’s job was to make sure no banker ever went to jail for theft. After his celebrated victory as the first Kenyan born president, his first meeting was with the CEO of Goldman Sachs.
The Chinese ignored Obama. They knew he needed any kind of deal he could get to appease his followers after his biggest accomplishment. The largest increase in US oil and gas production in US history. Obama needed a deal on the environment and China made him grovel like a beggar.
And, in the end, gave him nothing.
In the end, Xi refused to meet with him and in the biggest humiliation since Biden’s visit to Israel, the Chinese wouldn’t even role the steps up to Air Force One to deplane. He ended up using the plane’s stairs in a thing called “leaving by the ass of the plane.”
Obama was the mirror opposite of Reagan, thanks to the media. Obama was a media hero in the US and a clown everywhere else. Reagan was a clown in the US and the reincarnation of Constantine the great everywhere else.
If you can imagine a country run by Bernie Sanders, Jerry Garcia and the 911 hijackers, that’s China.
A country run by psychopaths, their single-minded obsession is browbeating their population into submission. An environmental shithole, they have slave labor camps, organ mining hospitals, retraining camps and 1.3 billion people who just want to live normal, peaceful lives.
My old friend Bill once told me, when I asked how he was doing training Chinese engineers, “they’re afraid to learn because if they get too smart, the government will kill them.
Trump is treating the Chinese the same way Reagan treated the Russians. He doesn’t buy the bullshit.
The American people are just warming up to how corrupt and greedy their media and politicians are. As my friend Judy likes to say, “keep the home fire burning.”