The fighter was out because of Reagan. He actually competed with the Soviets on the arms race, forcing them to direct their scarcer resources to this while their own people were starving, and our economy was boosted by his economics and our people prospering. They could’t keep up, and they knew it. Then in 1985, Gorbachev asked him to give up Star Wars, but Reagan refused, knowing the strategic value, and Gorbachev stormed off in a huff. The media called him stupid and unskilled in diplomacy. But it gave us an advantage, we were no longer contained by mutual destruction, which had directed policy until then. Our technology would always be superior to theirs no matter how hard they tried, while they economic system couldn’t sustain their own people. That’s how Reagan took out the fight in them.
China is different, they aren’t trying to communize the whole world through planting officials subtlety in countries like the Soviets successfully did. Even so, the illustration of provocative stance was applied to NK, not China. Previous presidents have treated N Korea too passively, which is actively developing nuclear weapons, just as they did with the Soviets before Reagan. I think there can be made an apt comparison.
We don’t give Taiwan these top-secret systems because Taiwan always blabs its mouth. They are so lax, fickle, unreliable, and unsanctimonious about intelligence, we can’t really trust them.
Yes, the sanctions on the huge bank were imposed. There are new sanctions being threatened on many additional lower Chinese banks if China doesn’t help with North Korea. Those are the ones that haven’t been imposed yet.
I wasn’t comparing Trump with other presidents when referencing the destroyer. The situation is happening all at the same time, while North Korea issue is heating up, Trump isn’t trying to curry favor with China, like Obama might do in such a similar situation, but throwing everything all at once, the bank sanction, the military arms deal, and the recent incursion into the Spratley Islands, which might be deemed ill-timed or showing lack of diplomatic or negotiating skills by other presidents.