China Warns Trump over Twitter Use

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President-elect Donald Trump has been warned by China over anti-China tweets.  Xinhau, the country’s official news agency has reported.  Trump, who has a reputation for tweeting off the cuff remarks and unpredictably, has levelled tweets at China that goes against the tide of U.S foreign policy.

This is beginning to concern those in Beijing.

On Xinhua’s website, a commentary read in relation to Trump’s tweets, “It is a commonly accepted that diplomacy is not a child’s game — and even less is it business dealing. As former United States Secretary of State [Madeleine] Albright said, Twitter should not be a tool for foreign policy.”

“The obsession with ‘Twitter diplomacy’ is undesirable.”

Trump’s most recent Tweet of China’s foreign policy concerned North Korea, where it accused the superpower of not doing enough to stop the country’s development of nuclear weapons.  He wrote, “China has been taking out massive amounts of money & wealth from the U.S. in totally one-sided trade, but won’t help with North Korea. Nice!”

Other tweets have included accusations the country was keeping its currency artificially low, military posturing in waters close to China, and to announce he had spoken to President Tsai Lng-wen of Taiwan.  Taiwan is not recognised by the U.S as an independent state but part of China.  Taiwan independence is a long-running dispute between Taiwan and China.

Trump’s tweet read, “The President of Taiwan CALLED ME today to wish me congratulations on winning the Presidency. Thank you!”

This has concerned China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs who are worried that there could be a shift in U.S foreign policy thinking over Taiwan.

This has led The Global Times, a China-state sanction tabloid to declare the President-elect was as “ignorant as a child in foreign policy” and that he was “pandering to irresponsible attitudes.”

Trump’s tweets have often caught the headlines for arguably the wrong reasons, and through them he seems to be making enemies in his own party, the U.S Intelligence community, and beyond.

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