ANBOUND's Observation: H. R. McMaster's New Book Reveals How U.S.-China Relations Turned Sour
In the book Battlegrounds: The Fight to Defend the
Free World, authored by Donald Trump's national security adviser, retired
Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster, there is a section that reveals how the
relations of the U.S. and China turned sour.
According to the book, Trump's visit to
China on November 8, 2017, was greeted with one of the best receptions in
history: a tour, dinner, and talks inside the Forbidden City. Nonetheless, it
ended badly. The last of those meetings, led by Premier Li
Keqiang, ended up with Trump leaving without achieving anything.
wrote that Li Keqiang began the meeting by noting that China, having already
developed its industrial and technology base, no longer needed the United
States. He dismissed U.S. concerns over unfair trade and economic practices,
indicating that the U.S. role in the future global economy would be to provide
China with raw materials, agricultural products, and energy to fuel its
production of the world’s cutting-edge industrial and consumer products.
according to the book, listened for as long as he could and then interrupted
the premier, thanked him, and stood up to end the meeting. In McMaster’s words,
“as we drove to the hotel to prepare for the state dinner back at the Great
Hall, Matt Pottinger and I discussed how starkly Premier Li’s monologue had revealed
the Chinese Communist Party’s break from Deng Xiaoping’s guidance during
China’s opening and reform period in the 1990s: ‘hide our capabilities and bide
our time, never try to take the lead, and be able to accomplish something’”.
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