Monday, October 9, 2017

China Daily — Nothing to gain from uncertainty

U.S. President Donald Trump may have a personal interest in keeping the rest of the world wondering what he is actually up to. But the pervasive sense of uncertainty he has created since Day 1 in the White House is hardly conducive to his presidency or U.S. national interests, never mind global stability....
Trump may believe the U.S.' unrivaled capabilities give him boundless room for maneuver in handling foreign policy issues. But in that he would be mistaken.
Scrapping the Iran nuclear pact, like pulling the trigger on Pyongyang unprovoked, will not advance U.S. interests, unless Trump has a way to limit the repercussions of those actions.
But chances are he has not, and the world is already dealing with the consequences of the U.S. acting without thinking about what comes next.
Firing a warning shot across the bow of USS Trump.

China Daily

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If Washington dumped the deal that is "delivering" on its aims, it would be more than an embarrassment for his country; it would exacerbate Iran's misgivings about the U.S., send a signal to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea that even if it was willing to talk, the U.S. could not be trusted to honor any deal that was reached, and belie the U.S.' self-touted commitment to a rule-based international order.
In his speech, Trump called on all nations to respect the rights of other nations. He should put those words into practice. Other nations have the right to expect the U.S. to honor the agreements it has made. As U.S. president, Trump should respect that right.
Trump ought to know a deal must be honored

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