Chinese state media termed Donald Trump's Twitter comments against Beijing unexpected, outrageous, reckless and combative and opined that Sino-US ties will inevitably go through turbulence in the early part of Trump presidency.
The newspaper commentary begins with calling Trump's twitter outburst a 'tantrum' and that the US president-elect is just making hollow noises. "He doesn't have sufficient resources to deal with China wantonly, the second largest economy, the biggest trading country and a nuclear power. His many words will not become deeds," the commentary says.
Chinese Communist party's official newspaper Global Times tore into Donald Trump and the US after the president-elect irritated Beijing with a call to Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen last week.
The Chinese government initially reacted with a terse but clear statement expressing displeasure over Trump's telephone conversation with president Tsai. "China firmly opposes any official interaction or military cooperation between the US and Taiwan," China's foreign minister said.
Trump's break with tradition was loud enough to rankle nerves in Beijing as no US president or president elect has held official talks with a Taiwanese leader since Washington adopted the One-China policy in 1979.
Later, the Chinese foreign ministry said it lodged "stern representations" about Trump's call. "The whole world knows about the Chinese government's position on the Taiwan issue. I think President-elect Trump and his team are also clear," Lu told a daily news briefing.
Following this Trump, who had vowed during his campaign to label China a currency manipulator, issued more tough rhetoric through Twitter. "Did China ask us if it was OK to devalue their currency (making it hard for our companies to compete), heavily tax our products going into their country (the U.S. doesn't tax them) or to build a massive military complex in the middle of the South China Sea? I don't think so!" Trump said on Twitter.
Global Times termed this Twitter reaction totally uncalled for and combative. "Trump's China-bashing tweet is just a cover for his real intent, which is to treat China as a fat lamb and cut a piece of meat off it," says the editorial. It then pokes fun at the US saying its economy is not as competitive as it used to be and Trump needs Chinese money to fulfill his campaign romises.