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Chinese Military Professor Says U.S.’ Military Pressure on China Will Ease during Trump’s Time

Chinese Defense University professor Jin Yinan said in an interview that, after Trump takes office, China will face less pressure on military issues, political issues, and on the South China Sea; however, China may face heightened pressure in the economic area. In his view, Trump wants to focus on building the economy rather than on confronting China.

Jin also said that, among the national and regional leaders, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, and Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen were the least interested in Trump because they want to push the United States to be against China,

Jin Yinan pointed out that Trump intends to revive the economy and bring the manufacturing industry back to the U.S. With regard to the military, Sino-U.S. military exchanges, which were limited during the Bush administration and the Obama administration, are expected to make progress during Trump’s time.

Jin believes that Trump has a clear mind strategically despite his style of speaking without concern for his wording, whereas Hillary Clinton is “strategically confused.” She still wants the United States to get deeper into the Middle East and other battlefields, which will cause an excess consumption of national strength.

Source: Mingpao, November 19, 2016