On Balance by Robert Delaney
Donald Trump may lack a coherent China policy, but he got something right
- The US president understood that his predecessors gave away far more to China than the US received and that Beijing respects power, not diplomacy
- Post-Trump, Washington and its allies will need to play a long game, demanding from China changes that should have been made a long time ago
Robert Delaney is the Post’s North America bureau chief. He spent 11 years in China as a language student and correspondent for Dow Jones Newswires and Bloomberg, and continued covering the country as a correspondent and an academic after leaving. His debut novel, The Wounded Muse, draws on actual events that played out in Beijing while he lived there.