LETTERS: Trump hands the world to China on a platter

SHARE LETTERS: Trump hands the world to China on a platter

U.S. President Donald Trump chats with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Nov. 9, 2017. | Andy Wong/AP file photo

It’s hard to decide which isworse: Trump’s racist remarks now heard around the world, or his lame attempt to denyhe said them. It only confirms what perceptive people have long known, writ large: He’s a racist from his heart.

His racist remarks haveroiled Second World andThird World nations, andconfirmed the low expectations First World governments have had of him from the start. The ripple effects will further set back America’s global position vis a vis China’s burgeoning influence that most Americans are blissfully unaware

Trump has practically handed worldwide influence on a silver platter to China, which is still fundamentally Communist, remember.

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Rarely mentioned publicly, China’s “soft” colonialism has quietly been making important inroads globally amongstruggling nations, enhancing local economies and buildingwelcome infrastructure, earning their gratitude. Many ofthem possess vast naturalresources vital to modern industry. Africa alone is the sole source for certain precious minerals vital to manufacturing what the digital world needs in order to exist.

Three times the size of the continental United States, Africa is far more important in such mineral wealth, beyond gold, oil and diamonds, than mostof our parochial politiciansseem aware of. By the timewe wake up, China will havestolen such a march on usthat we shall long regret it.

We are hard-wired to expectnearly instant gratification(i.e., profits) on our investments. The patient Chinese instead wait decades forpayback. Moreover, themillions we are paying Chinain interest on loans are funding their inroadswhile we sleep.

Not only has China considered Trump to be their “useful idiot”all along; he now has gone onebetter with his insults of allpeople not white, egregiously sabotaging our nation longbeyond his term in office. Once rung, a bell cannot be un-rung.

Ted Z. Manuel, Hyde Park

Flirting with self-proclaimed ‘strong man’

Sadly, the citizens of this great country are witnessing the gradual unraveling of the most exalted institution in the land, the U.S. presidency.

It was probably inevitable that in our evolution as a democracy, we would at some point flirt with a self-proclaimed strong man. This is especially so when the strong man claims he is the smartest person in the room and that he alone can solve all our problems and promises everything under the sun. Since the election of such a person, we have witnessed chaos, confusion and drama after drama emanating from the White House. Week after week, his words and actions create new controversies.

The big question is whether our system can withstand a person of such questionable character and temperament in the oval office?

Ned L. McCray, Tinley Park

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