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Is Donald Trump really “tough on China” as he often claims or, in the light of these revelations, actually just demonstrating his typical vindictive streak in punishing people, businesses and even countries that do not do what he wants? To most readers, the bombshell dropped by this article is that Trump has possibly paid more in taxes in China than he has paid his own country, and this is certainly an embarrassing disclosure for a president who continually purports to be acting solely in the interests of the USA – the country he is supposed to be the leader of. Indeed, to many of his supporters in the USA and in Taiwan, he is a courageous leader who finally stood up to China, thus trying to tip the scales back in favour of the USA and its allies. They listen to his rhetoric and truly believe that their interests are being served by keeping him in power.
However, all is not as it seems when it comes to Donald Trump – a character whose persona in politics as in business is built on bluster, deception and outright lies. Prior to 2018 and over a year into Trump’s presidency, his family, and several of his closest aides and government officials, had all been trying desperately to enrich themselves through business deals with and in China. This included through trademarks owned by Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump’s daughter, that were granted in China after Trump took office, and also at least twenty Trump-branded hotels that were planned to be built in China by Trump Hotels, which Ivanka was executive vice president of. Her husband, Jared Kushner, also had enormous investments in China through Blackstone, and in 2018 his real estate business was investigated over dodgy dealings with Chinese investors wanting to buy themselves visas for the USA through purchases of real estate. It was about this time that Xi Jinping went from being Donald Trump’s “great friend” to being public enemy number one for Trump’s administration.
So, the most shocking part of the exposé of Trump’s taxes is not really that he has never paid his fair share to the country that enabled him and his family to attain the riches they enjoy today; everyone already knew he is a greedy, selfish, ungrateful and deceitful businessman who made much of his fortune as a result of loans and gifts from his wealthy father. Rather, it is the further confirmation that he will turn around and stab you in the back the moment you do not do what he demands – not the kind of leader of the USA that the world, and especially Taiwan, could depend on in a time of need.
上面的貼文內容是我們的實力派外師Alex，針對每週一篇英文文章閱讀後，親自寫出的批判性思考文（不是copy & paste的東西啊）。旨在讓同學知道如何用不同的角度來讀文章。你可以選擇先讀Alex寫的批判文，也可以選擇先讀本次的英文文章連結，但最好兩處都要閱讀才能達到最好的效果。
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