Meanwhile, Trump continues his tweets, most recently taking a swipe on China for scooping up a US navy drone in the South China Sea under the eyes of the Americans. China has agreed to return the drone, though Trump said in a tweet the US shouldn’t take it back.
Bowditch, a US Navy ship, had already retrieved one of its drones when a Chinese naval vessel took the second one.
Trump’s questioning of the “One China” policy and the placing of the drones by the Bowditch seems to suggest that China’s nuclear arsenal needed to be strengthened so that the US side’s nuclear deterrence toward China should be lowered to zero.
The tweets of the US President-elect seem to have gotten under the skin of the Chinese.
In fact, there are voices in China calling for a response to Trump’s provocations with a steep rise in the military budget and a substantial increase in the number of its nuclear warheads so Trump would not throw out strange ideas.
Sources are claiming that China doesn’t think Trump’s tweets are funny anymore if they ever were. They say that if Trump treats China the same way after he assumes office, China will certainly not exercise restraint.