So, according to CNBC, Trump has blink first in the trade war. Notice he doesn't use the line "Trade war are easy to win"!
US delays some and repeals some of its own announced 9/1 tariffs on China, bolts its own stock up today. Trump tries to sound tough saying, "As usual, China said they were going to be buying “big” from our great American Farmers. So far they have not done what they said. Maybe this will be different!" Article (and others I've searched) mention nothing offered by the Chinese, no agricultural purchases or otherwise. In any case, if he truly had been made several offers by China only for China to not follow through, then trusting China again, hoping it would be different this time is just desperation. He already got his benefits from his tariff withdrawals: the US stock going up.
Meanwhile, since Trump can't get China to do anything, he's decided it's time to squeeze the weak/easy again. He went to Abe, told him Japan exports too many cars into the US (again), and said they need to buy US agriculture to even things out LOL. Good luck trying to offset a lost market of 1.4 billion with one of 125 million. And Japan is notoriously protective of their own agriculture too. I wonder how many times Japan will be pushed into giving concessions to Trump for the same auto export permits again and again before they finally stand up for themselves. Should be interesting how this proceeds.
LOL only now realized it was Trump himself who'd talked Christmas:
There's no need for CIA/NED. the US is quite open about their meddling in Hong Kong.If these are indeed CIA/NED orchestrated protests then the goal is for China to overreact to send in the troops in so they can repeat their succcess with Russia in 2014. This plays into the CCP's insecurity over sovereignty and political control.
The Hong Kong government and police need to massively improve their communication and PR with the general population as well as against the anti-government camp's blatant lies. Unfortunately facts actually don't speak for themselves enough. Since a lot of anti-government activity is conducted online I wonder how the Hong Kong authorities' cyber capabilities have been performing.Why bother sending in the PAP, let along the PLA?
The HKPF is perfectly capable of handling guerrilla rioting short of some alien space bat teleporting assault rifles, RPGs and car bombs into the hands every Tom and Dick on the streets*.
*Even then, your untrained Tom and Dick is more likely to blow a foot in their collective feet when tooling around with military grade weaponry.
China's upper hand was apparent long before and far independent from whether Trump "blinks" now. China's continuous healthy GDP expansion with America's recession warning signs, trade deficit increasing due to Chinese success and American failure to diversify, along with the nature of the momentum of Chinese technological innovation are just some of the signs that have already made China's advantage apparent.