Commentary: The wicked are first to complain – People’s Daily Online

English: Logo of the People's Daily 中文: 人民日报题字

English: Logo of the People’s Daily 中文: 人民日报题字 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This editorial is the most-read article today in China‘s important, semi-official newspaper, the People’s Daily. It argues that the U.S. Navy accused China once again of conducting “unsafe and unprofessional” maneuvers near U.S. military aircraft sent to spy on China. Reports claim that two Chinese fighter jets intercepted a P-3 Orion surveillance plane over the South China Sea on Wednesday. BUT the article concludes ‘How ridiculous it is for the U.S. Navy to complain after jeopardizing China’s security and interests. Such behavior makes one think of a Chinese idiom: the wicked are the first to complain’.

Commentary: The wicked are first to complain – People’s Daily Online

Whatever perspective, you take on the dangerous military escalation in Asia, the wild card is the unpredictability of President Trump’s response. World leaders must be fearful of Trump’s overreaction and a heightened risk of WWIII.

English: Lockheed P-3 Orion with large radar t...

English: Lockheed P-3 Orion with large radar tracer system, owned and operated by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Turkey and US Relations Sour After Kurdish Militia Attacked | Time.com

This article from Time is on the button. It argues that the U.S. considers the Kurds as allies. On the other hand, it point out that Turkey says the Kurds are linked to terrorists. The conclusion is that a confrontation is brewing.

Source: Turkey and US Relations Sour After Kurdish Militia Attacked | Time.com

Both Trump and Erdogan are volatile and unpredictable. Trump ignored Turkey’s human right record and was very fast off the mark to congratulate Erdogan on gaining increased power in Turkey’s recent referendum. This was after Erdogan’s extreme praise for Trump’s after America’s military escalation in Syria.

Unless Trump changes direction, the Kurds remain critical to US plans to overthrow ISIS, so Trump will need to do some serious negotiating with Erdogan. Based on Trump’s successful meeting with the Chinese leader, his team will look for a winning compromise with Erdogan.

Thoughts?