Gideon Rachman in The New York Times
On April 5, 2017, The New York Times published an op-ed by Transatlantic Academy Bosch Public Policy Fellow Gideon Rachman, entitled "How Trump Can Solve His Chinese Puzzle."
"Getting tough with China is a central part of Donald Trump’s plan to 'make America great again,'" Rachman writes. "During the election campaign, he claimed that China was 'raping' American industry. Since the election, he and senior aides have denounced Chinese policies over trade, North Korea and the South China Sea. These facts alone would make President Trump’s summit meeting this week with China’s president, Xi Jinping, very difficult. It is not that confrontation with China should be feared for its own sake. The real danger is that Mr. Trump’s China policies are likely to be counterproductive, damaging America’s prosperity and endangering its security, while hastening the rise of China... In his meeting with Mr. Xi this week, Mr. Trump needs to send a carefully balanced message — not easy for a president who doesn’t do nuance — to reassure America’s Asian allies that it will stand by them, and stand up to China without taking reckless steps. If the president fails to offer such reassurance, America’s position in Asia will continue to erode."
The full article can be read here.