Trump just got into China’s head

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Trump just got into China's head

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By John Ruberry

Build­ing upon Peter Ingemi’s RH’s spec­tac­u­lar Trump’s China Call is a Delib­er­ate Over­reach from yes­ter­day, it’s my turn to add my two yuan into the discusssion.

The media loves to dis­miss Don­ald Trump as a show­man – as if there was no show­man­ship with Barack Obama – but those under 45 first encoun­tered our next pres­i­dent as a real estate devel­oper, albeit a flashy one. Devel­op­ers are many things, includ­ing, yes, deal mak­ers, as well as a nego­tia­tors. In regards to that last one, when you are sit­ting across some­one you are nego­ti­at­ing with, or as it usu­ally turns out, hag­gling with, a strat­egy that has worked since the Baby­lon­ian era is to get the per­son sit­ting on the other side of the table from you off of his script and on to yours. One tac­tic is known as “getting-​yourself-​inside-​their-​heads.”

And that’s some­thing that Trump may have accom­plished by accept­ing a tele­phone call last week from the pres­i­dent of Tai­wan, Tsai Ing-​wen, which has caused a ker­fuf­fle. Because the United States rec­og­nizes com­mu­nist China as the legit­i­mate gov­ern­ment off all of China, includ­ing Tai­wan, a pres­i­dent hasn’t spo­ken to a Tai­wanese leader since 1979. Of course we still have exten­sive trade rela­tions with the island nation – oops, break­away province–and we still sell Tai­wan weapons. If they are ever fired in defense it would very likely be against the Chicomms.

Oh, Tai­wan and China are major trad­ing partners.

Try­ing to under­stand inter­na­tional rela­tions is a descent into madness.

Trump made the re-​negotiation of what he calls bad trade deals a cen­tral cam­paign promise. Of course those bad deals with China, if they really are awful, are good ones for the Chi­nese. If Hillary Clin­ton won last month’s pres­i­den­tial elec­tion China could look for­ward to at least four more years of crony social­ism from the for­mer sec­re­tary of state. Since then China has been brac­ing itself for a return to the bar­gain­ing table, prepar­ing for dif­fi­cult deal mak­ing with this New York capitalist.

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But Trump, who was a very good base­ball player when he was young, threw a curve ball at the Chinese.

He accepted a phone call.

He got inside their heads.

Trump knows what he’s doing.

John Ruberry reg­u­larly blogs at Marathon Pun­dit.

Update (DTG): I’d like to take credit for the piece that John is refer­ring to but that one was writ­ten by RH (NG36B) one of the newest addi­tions to our mag­nif­i­cent 7 writ­ers. I’m delighted to have both John & RH on the team

usa-china

By John Ruberry

Building upon Peter Ingemi’s RH’s spectacular Trump’s China Call is a Deliberate Overreach from yesterday, it’s my turn to add my two yuan into the discusssion.

The media loves to dismiss Donald Trump as a showman–as if there was no showmanship with Barack Obama–but those under 45 first encountered our next president as a real estate developer, albeit a flashy one. Developers are many things, including, yes, deal makers, as well as a negotiators. In regards to that last one, when you are sitting across someone you are negotiating with, or as it usually turns out, haggling with, a strategy that has worked since the Babylonian era is to get the person sitting on the other side of the table from you off of his script and on to yours. One tactic is known as “getting-yourself-inside-their-heads.”

And that’s something that Trump may have accomplished by accepting a telephone call last week from the president of Taiwan, Tsai Ing-wen, which has caused a kerfuffle. Because the United States recognizes communist China as the legitimate government off all of China, including Taiwan, a president hasn’t spoken to a Taiwanese leader since 1979. Of course we still have extensive trade relations with the island nation–oops, breakaway province–and we still sell Taiwan weapons. If they are ever fired in defense it would very likely be against the Chicomms.

Oh, Taiwan and China are major trading partners.

Trying to understand international relations is a descent into madness.

Trump made the re-negotiation of what he calls bad trade deals a central campaign promise. Of course those bad deals with China, if they really are awful, are good ones for the Chinese. If Hillary Clinton won last month’s presidential election China could look forward to at least four more years of crony socialism from the former secretary of state. Since then China has been bracing itself for a return to the bargaining table, preparing for difficult deal making with this New York capitalist.

John "Lee" Ruberry of the Magnificent Seven
John “Lee” Ruberry of the Magnificent Seven

But Trump, who was a very good baseball player when he was young, threw a curve ball at the Chinese.

He accepted a phone call.

He got inside their heads.

Trump knows what he’s doing.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

Update (DTG): I’d like to take credit for the piece that John is referring to but that one was written by RH (NG36B) one of the newest additions to our magnificent 7 writers. I’m delighted to have both John & RH on the team