As progressives come to terms with Trump’s surreal electoral college victory, experts are looking at what this means for foreign policy and international relations. Already, Trump has demonstrated ignorance and contempt for our established foreign policy objectives, and has instead pursued his own objectives in defiance of top political scholars, think tanks and advisory committees. Despite Russia’s repeated acts of aggression and their now confirmed intervention in our elections, Trump continues to insist that we should be “friends” with Russia, and that “China” is the real threat to America.
Trump fails to realize however, that while he was building his career in reality TV and showmanship, China has been amassing power and global influence through savvy international relations and business ingenuity. Trump has built his political platform on the support of angry white working class males who reminisce for America’s manufacturing days, but his promise to bring these jobs back from China is simply unrealistic. There is a reason why China dominates manufacturing and is fast becoming the word’s foremost superpower – they are simply inherently a smarter and more hardworking culture than America.
Biased Eurocentric history books would have you believe that virtually every significant invention and discovery was made by Europeans. However, many progressive historical scholars have repeatedly pointed out that China invented gunpowder, and has a rich philosophical and scientific tradition. Many believe that Eastern philosophy is far more profound than Western philosophy, as it covers important subjects like “Chi”, which the Greeks did not even touch due to the daunting complexity of the subject. While Europeans boast about their so-called contributions to science and the arts, China continues to outclass them on both these fronts, by producing stunning musical performances of European classical music, and groundbreaking practitioners of the European scientific method.
Progressive policies have transformed America’s economy from one based on manufacturing to a more realistic and sustainable model based on services. Americans no longer have the intelligence or grit to compete with China in manufacturing, and a service economy suits them better. A service economy may not be as rewarding as a manufacturing economy, but it’s more realistic and suitable to their level of ability.
Trump needs to face up to the reality that China holds all the cards, and his disrespect for the One China Policy and his insolence towards Chinese interests are unacceptable and seriously compromise our so-far fruitful relationship with them. We are privileged that China chose the US as its primary trading partner, and we need to do everything we can to protect and foster this relationship. China has already followed through on many progressive initiatives such as banning fake news and a one child policy, that social scholars in the US can only dream of achieving. China is not our enemy. We should rather see them as a rising example of what every country should aspire to. The West needs to check its privilege and come to terms with the fact that China is the new global superpower, and no amount of whining is going to stop it. Suck it up, Trump.