Former Obama official Richhas spoke of an early transition meeting with the Trump administration in 2016.
Members of Trump’s circle told Hass that the United States is in an “existential struggle” with China and it is imperative that they win.
When they did, Trump officials continued, there would be “statues built in our honor.”
Former Obama officials said the Trump administration believed that negotiations with China would be so successful that someday a statue would be built in honor of them.
Ryan Hass, who served on the board of directors of China, Taiwan and Mongolia at the National Security Council under President Obama, told an anecdote during his new announcement. Book, “More Powerful: Adaptation of America’s Chinese Strategy in an Era of Competitive Interdependence.”
Hass recalled heading to the Trump Tower the day after the 2016 election to explain US policy to China to the next administration.
“The Trump administration had just been elected and refused to receive a briefing from the Obama administration. They received it, they know they need to know, they had a plan.” He said.
But he continued, “with the president [National Security Adviser] Susan Rice was fairly determined that they would be briefed on China. And the instructions we had were not trying to spin the ball, trying to persuade anything, just telling the facts and letting them know what they inherited. “
Hass then talked about how Trump administration officials responded to their reports.
“When the person on the other side of the table raised his hand and said, it took about five minutes to explain how we got to our whereabouts. Mr. Obama’s problem was with the United States. Don’t understand that China is trapped in an existential struggle. If the United States doesn’t win, the United States may not exist in 50 or 100 years. As much as we can to win. Do that, and there will be statues built in our honor.
Playing cards Trade war In the first few years of his inauguration, he worked with China to impose high tariffs on Chinese products and promote a series of restrictions and sanctions on China through the Department of State and the Ministry of Justice.
Beijing Retaliation By imposing sanctions on more than 20 Trump officials and allies, including Mike Pompeo, Steve Bannon, and former Trump National Security Adviser John Bolton.
Then, when the coronavirus pandemic spread in early 2020, the president said Tried to blame Outbreak of virus in China.
“No statues are found, but the Trump administration has succeeded in building barriers to the Asia-Pacific strategy that best achieves the US strategic goals of economic justice and human rights, crossing borders such as climate change and pandemics. We have addressed the challenges that we have crossed. We will reduce the risk of conflict. “
Mr Hass said he was shocked by officials’ allegations that China would build statues in honor of the Trump administration.
The comment “provided early signs that there would be a change in the way the United States approaches China,” he said.
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