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纸老虎特朗普

伯克利—特朗普在美国总统选战期间关于中国的评论无论如何无法让人们对他当选后的中美关系抱有多高的希望。特朗普抨击中国“抢走了我们的就业岗位”,还“从我们的知识产权中[偷走了]数千亿美元。”他一再指责中国操纵人民币。登峰造极的批评发生在去年5月,特朗普警告他的追随者,“我们不能在让中国蹂躏我们的国家了。这就是他们在做的勾当。中国是历史上最大的窃贼。”

从如此煽动性的言辞看,不难理解许多人对于特朗普与中国国家主席习近平在特朗普的海湖庄园举行的峰会感到万分担忧。不难想象可能出现拒绝握手或拿出一张账单这样的情景,一如特朗普据报道对德国总理默克尔做的那样(白宫否认了这则报道)。

相反,特朗普给了习近平相当大的尊重。一种解释是他要面对的主要矛盾是美国即将对叙利亚进行的导弹打击。另一个解释是,如果你拥有一艘航空母舰,3,000架军用飞机和160万地面部队,那么你就比较容易赢得特朗普的尊重。

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