Michael Pillsbury, Donald Trump’s supposed go-to man on China, was in Beijing this past weekend. He made a speech in a seminar attended by members of Chinese think-tanks. Referring to his principal’s idea of “making America great again”, Pillsbury said: “If America were to be great again, the road must lead to Beijing.”
The Chinese are not quite sure what to make of his statement yet. But very interestingly, he gave the Chinese some useful tips. He explained Trump’s approach in dealing with them.
Apparently, Donald has had such a hard time in his business dealings in China that he believes “You can’t negotiate with the Chinese. You’d lose all the time.” So what would he do? Pillsbury revealed that Trump said he would “act unpredictably”.
Okay. That’s helpful. But the problem is: it won’t help. The Chinese know how to deal with that sort of behavior. And they are not going to tell you how. I would expect them to take advantage of the situation, for as long as Trump keeps talking trash and acting like a scumbag. His behavior is not constructive, but the Chinese will make sure that it will not be allowed to become overly destructive, and that any and all destruction will be born by Trump.
It looks like China is already guessing who will be the next US president, and wondering how soon that may be brought about. They are already studying and figuring Michael Pence out. I am sure there are forces in the US doing the same, as a matter of contingency.