The current and incoming US administrations seem to share the same hostile policies towards China, says an American analyst, warning that Beijing might decide to hit back.
Speaking to Press TV on Wednesday, author and political commentator James Petras said he doubted that US President-elect Donald Trump would deviate from President Barack Obama’s harsh rhetoric against China.
He made the remarks shortly after Admiral Harry Harris, head of the US Pacific Command, warned China against “aggressive behavior in the South China Sea,” where the US has been trying to curb China’s growing influence.
China claims sovereignty over most of the sea but those claims have been challenged by other countries neighboring the waters, which act as a gateway for trillions of dollars in annual maritime trade.
The commander’s warning came days after Trump struck a nerve in Beijing by by talking to Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen over the phone.