The People's Republic of China flag and the U.S. Stars and Stripes fly along Pennsylvania Avenue near the U.S. Capitol in Washington during Chinese President Hu Jintao's state visit, January 18, 2011. Credit: Reuters/Hyungwon Kang
Harry J. Kazianis, Washington Times: The greatest challenge to Trump
It isn’t ISIS. It isn’t Russia. The greatest challenge is China
Thanks to eight years of feeble presidential leadership defined by buzzwords like “leading from behind,” “don’t do stupid stuff” and “red lines” that our enemies can cross at will, president-elect Donald Trump inherits an America that appears in retreat combined with a world that seems set ablaze.
Consider the challenges Mr. Trump will confront on day one in the Oval Office, indeed, a global landscape riddled with dangers and pitfalls not seen since the end of the Cold War.
The Russian bear is back. Moscow has cleaved off parts of another country thanks to new-found military muscle, brought back its client state in Syria from the brink of death and seemingly tried to influence our politics here at home.
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WNU Editor: The economy will be President-elect Trump's biggest headache .... especially when interest rates start to climb next month or at the beginning of next year. On the international scene .... China will be the big challenge, but if Afghanistan implodes and the Taliban seize the country .... or if North and South Korea get into a shooting war .... or if the India - Pakistan border dispute in Kashmir explodes .... or if there is another major terror attack on the scale of 9/11 against the U.S. .... China will be at the bottom of President Trump's priority list.