Navarro also promised tougher action against China on trade
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – China is behaving like a bullying thug against Taiwan, Japan and Hong Kong,
an economic adviser of United States President-elect Donald Trump once said in a statement widely quoted by Taiwanese media Saturday.
The comments reportedly date back several months, but are being given coverage now amid uncertainty about what the next U.S. president will mean to the Asia-Pacific region and to Taiwan in particular. Local commentators worry about Trump’s protectionist leanings but think he might be more inclined to supply the island with weapons.
The author of the comments, Peter Navarro, is a professor of economics and public policy at the University of California, Irvine, and a member of Trump’s economic advisory team. He published a book titled “Crouching Tiger: What China’s Militarism Means for the World.” [FULL STORY]