The U.S. president-elect Donald Trump has been cautioned by the Chinese state media against isolationism and interventionism, calling on the U.S. to actively work with China to maintain the international status quo.
Trump threatened to tear up trade deals and pursue a more unilateral foreign policy under his “America First” principle during a stormy election campaign.
However, China and other foreign governments are uncertain how much of Trump’s rhetoric will be translated into policy.
This was because the new president has sometimes made contradictory statements. And he has yet to detail his plans on how he would deal with the world.
Blames China for job loss
Trump often targeted China in the campaign. He blamed Beijing for U.S. job losses and vowed to impose 45 per cent tariffs on Chinese imports.
The Republican also promised to call China a currency manipulator on his first day in office.
“U.S. isolationist policies had “accelerated the country’s economic crisis” during the Great Depression,’’ commentary by China’s official Xinhua warned.
It added that “election talk is just election talk”.
The commentary also cautioned against any tilt toward intervention.