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Trump Risks Blowing US-China Relations With “Unpresidented” Tweet

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Trump Risks Blowing US-China Relations With “Unpresidented” Tweet

Well, it seems the Donald just can’t control his Twitter-happy little fingers, firing up nonsense tweets, even in the midst of real diplomatic challenges.

Trying to show his foreign policy credentials on Twitter, President-elect Donald Trump has risked further inflaming US relations with China, after he used Twitter on Saturday to accuse China of an “unpresidented [sic] act” in its seizing of an unmanned American submarine this week.

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As always, Trump tried to cover-up his error by deleting his tweet and re-posted it with the correct spelling of “unprecedented”, but not before someone captured a screenshot of the initial tweet and passed it along on social media.

But what is really unprecedented is Trump’s message, given his status as a president-elect commenting on an international incident before assuming power – was likely to worsen fears of increased US-China tensions under his presidency that have grown over his rhetoric on trade and policy towards Taiwan.

As The Guardian reported: “Trump’s tweet was issued shortly after China’s foreign ministry said it was negotiating with the US over the vehicle, a “glider” used to collect unclassified scientific data.

The unmanned “glider” was deployed by the USNS Bowditch, an oceanographic and surveillance ship. A diplomatic complaint was issued by the US after its seizure, and its return demanded.

China claims the area in which the submarine was taken virtually in its entirety and has been building islands, on which it was this week reported to have installed “significant” weaponry, including anti-aircraft and anti-missile systems.

On Saturday, the Chinese foreign ministry said: “China decided to return it to the US side in an appropriate manner, and China and the US have all along been in communication about it.”

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