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The Chinese state outlet Global Times accused American President Donald Trump of adopting an “erratic statecraft” that hastened the decline of America as a superpower on Monday, allowing China to rise at a faster rate and use his “extreme susceptibility to flattery” against him.
The Global Times struck a significantly different tone than a few weeks ago when President Trump was in Beijing. At the time, the Global Times and other state media lavishly praised Trump and accused American media outlets of “deceiving” Chinese people into disliking him.
Column - Tuesday - Global - Times - Decline
In the column Tuesday, the Global Times appears both cheerful about the decline of American influence around the world and frustrated by Trump’s “inconsistent behavior and desire for America to downscale its leadership.”
“When evaluating US President Donald Trump’s recent five-country Asia tour, it’s difficult not to arrive at the conclusion that the US’ unipolar moment is nearing its end,” the article alleged. “Trump’s erratic statecraft, as well as open disregard for the rules and institutions that underpin international order, have dramatically precipitated the erosion of America’s position in global affairs, particularly in East Asia.”
Times - Trump - Diplomacy - Contradictions - Impulses
The Times insults Trump’s “reckless diplomacy” as “fraught with troubling contradictions and governed by his personal impulses” but credits him for being consistent in his “extreme susceptibility to flattery and his consistency in backtracking on accusations once he’s in face-to-face meetings with those he’s accused.” The newspaper’s evidence of this is Trump’s behaving like a grateful guest during his visit to Beijing and praising President Xi Jinping for his hospitality.
The Global Times itself is guilty of such behavior, however, publishing positive stories about Trump while he was in the country or shortly before landing in Beijing, then immediately reverting to a stream of disparaging columns.
Arrival - Beijing - Example - Global - Times
Prior to his arrival in Beijing, for example, the Global Times praised Trump for evolving “from green...
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