A triumphant President Donald Trump emerged Sunday to claim “complete and total exoneration” after special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation found no evidence Trump or his campaign associates conspired with Russia to win the presidential election, according to CNN.
The validation of Trump’s claim that there was no collusion is certain to have a long lasting political and cultural impact. The BBC has called this “the best day of Trump’s presidency”.
The victory signifies that Trump’s presidency has entered a new era – an era that will make things easy for Donald Trump to win the next election and stay in power for another term; an era that will give Trump the chance to achieve his greatest mission in life: take down communism.
Trump tweeted his smiles, “No Collusion, No Obstruction, Complete and Total EXONERATION. KEEP AMERICA GREAT!” His aides said Trump was vindicated and happy.
Seemingly a celebration to Trump’s triumph, the US Navy sent two ships today through the Taiwan Strait in a show of force that risks antagonising China.
The naval destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur and the Coast Guard cutter Bertholf carried out what Pentagon officials said was a routine transit, reports The Wall Street Journal.
As China and the US are enmeshed in a dispute over trade, copyrights and tariffs, raising economic and political frictions to their highest level in a decade, Donald Trump has elevated 40 years of informal ties with Taiwan through more open contacts and planned arms deals.
More Chinese will be happy to see Donald Trump order his military to demolish the artificial islands and their installations built by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) in the South China Sea.
Lou Yuan, deputy chief of the Chinese Academy of Military Sciences and a prolifically hawkish military commentator who supports a Chinese invasion of Taiwan, told an audience last month at a Chinese military-industrial conference that China could solve tensions over the South East China Sea by sinking two U.S. aircraft carriers.
Lou has previously urged an invasion of Taiwan if the U.S. Navy uses the island, regarded by China as a renegade territory, as a naval base. “If the US naval fleet dares to stop in Taiwan, it is time for the PLA to deploy troops to promote national unity on the island,” he said.
As China’s maritime strategy is becoming more assertive, a confrontation like “sinking two US ships” might be more than enough to tip these two great powers into war.
In the past decade, all the neighbouring countries along the South China Sea have felt the threat from Communist China who is pursuing the world’s largest comprehensive naval build-up. Its quality is improving significantly, with larger, more sophisticated warships whose capabilities are, in many respects, getting closer to those of comparable Western vessels.
“That’s not just impressive today,” says Andrew Erickson, a professor of strategy at the US Naval War College and one of the leading experts on the Chinese Navy, “that’s impressive in world historical terms.”
Though the focus of this assertiveness remains, for now, relatively close to Chinese territory, Beijing is trying to raise the costs of possible US interference in a crisis. It wants to be able to keep the United States at bay if, for example, China decided to use force against Taiwan.
The growing Sino-US tensions are also a product of personalities, as viewed by Elizabeth Economy, director of Asia Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.
She noted that Chinese President Xi Jinping brings a sense of history, even of destiny, to the rivalry with Washington.
Although Donald Trump tactically has always called Xi a “friend of mine”, he is surely the only US president after Ronald Reagan that vowed to take communism to hell.
Instead of keeping China a “strategic partner”, Donald Trump has labeled the communist regime a “strategic competitor”, or the biggest enemy in his mind.
Eight months into the trade war that has disrupted the flow of billions of dollars of goods between the world’s two largest economies, it is unclear if a deal acceptable to both sides can be done.
Reuters noted that China’s President Xi Jinping is seen as reluctant to make economic reforms under pressure from the United States, and Trump has said he may keep tariffs on Chinese goods in place for “a substantial period” even if a deal is struck.
While Xi Jinping’s US policy has drawn hostile criticism from his CCP colleagues, Donald Trump’s push for China trade reform has drawn wide support both at home and abroad.
Although President Xi has won the support of Italy and a few more European nations to endorse his Belt and Road Initiative, and even the EU has plans to push for a common approach to Huawei’s 5G security risks at the EU-China summit scheduled in April, China won’t be that easy with its attempt to sow discord in the EU.
More people have woken up to communist threats from China. There is enough proof now that China is untrustworthy, dishonest, contemptuous of human values and hungry for a global hegemony.
As we have seen today, a distinguished team of China experts, national security practitioners, business leaders, human rights and religious freedom activities, and others will launch next week the “Committee on the Present Danger: China” (CPDC) to help defend America through public education and advocacy against the full array of conventional and non-conventional dangers posed by the People’s Republic of China.
Among the founding members are Brian Kennedy, Frank Gaffney, Hon. R. James Woolsey, Dr. William Bennett, Kyle Bass and Steve Bannon.
We will see this week what new consensus will be achieved regarding the policies and priorities required to defeat the threats from communist China.
Everything is just beginning.
By Cloudy Seagail