Trump Uses Deeply Offensive Phrase To Chinese & Damages Chances Of Trade War Resolution

Donald Trump announced progress Monday morning in the trade war with China that he started himself, but for some reason included a phrase that is deeply insulting to China. We cannot know for sure if Trump did this intentionally, so you will have to decide his intent for yourself.

Trump said that he and Chinese President Xi Jinping reached a truce in the ongoing trade war and characterized relations with China as taking a “BIG leap forward,” which is a deeply offensive phrase to the Chinese, as we will explore. “My meeting in Argentina with President Xi of China was an extraordinary one. Relations with China have taken a BIG leap forward! Very good things will happen. We are dealing from great strength, but China likewise has much to gain if and when a deal is completed. Level the field!” Trump said this morning.

The Great Leap Forward is a historical event that occurred in China from 1958 to 1962. It was a campaign led by Chairman Mao Zedong that tried to move China away from a nation of farmers using industrialization and collectivization. Long story short, the effort caused the Great Chinese Famine, which killed a low end estimate of 18 million people and “motivated one of the most deadly mass killings of human history.”

This stuff cannot be trivialized. Imagine if China’s President had given a statement on the trade war truce and somehow compared it to the Great Depression. Trump would be the first to complain about it, and truly, he would be justified in doing so. But that’s not what happened, he has insulted China. Important to note is that this is the first time Trump has used the phrase “leap forward” as president or as a candidate for office.

If Trump did this intentionally, he did it to attract attention to this new “truce” in his trade war. He probably figured the media would not report widely enough on it unless he made it controversial. The irony is that if this was Trump’s intention, the increased media attention could actually destroy his negotiations. The Chinese understandably take insults of their culture seriously, just like we would.

Trump also made a statement about North Korea, which we’ve heard very little about from the Trump admin. “President Xi and I have a very strong and personal relationship. He and I are the only two people that can bring about massive and very positive change, on trade and far beyond, between our two great Nations. A solution for North Korea is a great thing for China and ALL!” Trump said.

China doesn’t want anything to change with North Korea, which is why Trump is having trouble getting what he wants from them. North Korea is China’s buffer state and they aren’t going to give that up easily. China has refused to comment on his “leap forward” statement from this morning, but there is no way it will help his negotiations. China and North Korea know they can simply wait out Trump, because he will not be in office forever.

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