Trump Dumps on China in Tweet Storm

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On Sunday night, President-elect Donald Trump launched an attack of tweets against China, warning the communist nation against devaluing its currency and taxing U.S. products. Trump, who has accused the Asian superpower of currency manipulation in the past, took particular aim at the artificial reef the Chinese have built in the South China Sea that can support a military base.

“Did China ask us if it was OK to devalue their currency (making it hard for our companies to compete), heavily tax our products going into their country (the U.S. doesn’t tax them) or to build a massive military complex in the middle of the South China Sea? I don’t think so!” Trump wrote in two back-to-back tweets.

Days earlier before the tweet storm, China voiced its disapproval of Trump accepting a congratulatory phone call from the President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan, a territorial country that has been disputed about regarding its independence from the communist state. The phone call broke nearly 40 years of protocol; no U.S. president has engaged in contact with Taiwan due to the dispute.

Following his victory in keeping 1,000 Carrier jobs in Indianapolis, Trump also doubled down on rhetoric in more tweets Sunday aimed at warning companies who are considering outsourcing out of the U.S. “The U.S. is going to substantialy (sic) reduce taxes and regulations on businesses, but any business that leaves our country for another country fires its employees, builds a new factory or plant in the other country, and then thinks it will sell its product back into the U.S. without retribution or consequence, is WRONG!,” Trump tweeted.

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