I think people forget that “America First” isolationism has international consequences. When you do not step up to the plate, someone else (China) will.
The TPP was meant to be a check against China’s BRI, yet…Trump torpedoed it with nothing in its place.
US PR is in shambles, yet myopic Trump supporters see it as a boon. Human rights violations by the CCP have largely been ignored by the Trump administration. China already seems to be recovering from COVID more quickly than the US. All of these things do not bode well for the US and its allies around the world - including Taiwan.
China’s gov does not mind at all being temporarily set back from the trade war, if it means they can sink their roots deeper into the world over the long run. They do not mind losing a limb, if they can completely neutralize their enemy. The US seems to be doing little to stop the rise of China’s influence at this time. A strong America that leverages its position as world hegemon, means safer allies, less aggressive enemies, and overall a more stable world.
News broke today of Trump, through his companies, having a still open bank account in China, as well as having paid almost 200K in taxes to the CCP over the years. Quite a bad look. Do you really think China fears a Trump administration more than a Biden one? The chaos and division Trump has fomented domestically, and the retreat he has conducted on the world stage, have been priceless gifts to the CCP.
“Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake”