CHINA "STRONGLY" URGES US TO HALT TAIWAN ARMS SALES AFTER $300 MILLION DEAL | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

CHINA "STRONGLY" URGES US TO HALT TAIWAN ARMS SALES AFTER $300 MILLION DEAL

Though it's hardly surprising, given President Trump's stridently anti-China rhetoric during the campaign, relations between the US and China have deteriorated to a dramatic degree since the beginning of 2018. And with the US and China trading threats following the US's decision to sanction a branch of the Chinese military for buying arms from Russia (as China threatened the US with unspecified "consequences" if it didn't undo its "mistake"), the US has thrown gasoline on the fire by moving ahead with a planned sale of F-16 fighter jets and other weaponry to Taiwan in defiance of China's warnings, per Reuters and Bloomberg.

The arms sale follows China's participation in joint military drills with Russia earlier this month, as well as drills in the Strait of Taiwan earlier this year that were intended to simulate an invasion.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Apparently, President Trump has decided that only the most pig-headedly, ham-fistedly obvious and awkward moves on its behalf with regard to China will do.

And the problems here are, that the US government does not come at all from a position of strength in these negotiations; the US military does not have the money, the weaponry, the manufacturing or the troop strength to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against China.

And yet, President Trump keeps pushing the Chinese leadership harder and harder when it comes to trade, with his sanctions, and supporting Taiwan with weapons and military exercises.

What concerns me here, is how quickly a trade war can morph into a shooting war, with very little notice.

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