Yesterday, Donald Trump unveiled his new National Security Strategy in which he remained committed to this campaign promise of putting America first in all aspects of international dealings.
In his address, Trump named China as a ‘strategic competitor’ but not an enemy. He explained that China is successfully competing across many global levels – economical, industrial, political, military and even global communications.
The importance of Trumps National Security Strategy is that is sets the framework for Congress on our foreign policy. It also takes steps further on China than what Obama ever did, who only said they were a form of competition, but didn’t have the guts to identify them as a competitor, which legally, carried more weight and sets a different standard.
(Breitbart) – President Trump will clearly name China as a “strategic competitor” in the forthcoming National Security Strategy to be unveiled Monday, according to senior administration officials who previewed the document in a call with reporters.
“The strategy refers to China as a strategic competitor. So I think China is seen as a strategic competitor because China competes effectively across the political, economic, military, and informational domains in ways probably not duplicated by our other competitors,” one of the officials said on the conference call on Sunday.
Trump will unveil the strategy himself, something not all presidents have chosen to do. The NSS is a document required by Congress that outlines an administration’s foreign policy goals.
The language on China is a departure from the Obama administration’s last NSS in 2015, which mentioned competition with China but stopped short of calling China a competitor. “The United States welcomes the rise of a stable, peaceful, and prosperous China,” it said. The administration’s NSS in 2010 did not mention competition with China at all…
Trump’s stronger language on China allows for Congress to help him keep his campaign promise of fighting China’s unfair trade practices. He believes these practices have been good for China and bad for the United States, which is probably why Obama agreed to them, since rarely did anything that was to the benefit of America.