Trump is a bull in the China shop
Re “Taiwan call shows China what to expect of Trump” (Page 11A, Dec 4): President-elect Donald Trump is a bull in the China shop of foreign relations, and nothing good will come of his ignorant actions.
Trump has put into jeopardy the positive, healthy relationship between the U.S. and China, the world’s largest country and a major trade partner. This carefully crafted relationship started when Republican President Richard Nixon visited China in 1972 and blossomed under President Jimmy Carter, when we agreed to acknowledge the People’s Republic of China. It has been nurtured and sustained by multiple administrations, Republican and Democratic, all of whom realized how important it is for our economy and for world security that the United States gets along with China.
Trump seems to be doing everything he can to prove that he is unfit to serve as president.
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Jennifer K. Sommer, Davis
Bumbling to new policy on China
Donald Trump’s bumbling call from Taiwan’s elected president might actually put us on a more honest path with the People’s Republic of China.
I, too, favor a “One China” policy: One China not expanding into ancient sovereign Tibet. One China not claiming ownership of the South China Sea. One China not claiming ownership of a prosperous Taiwan. It’s time to blow the whistle on China’s expansionism.
Of course, the U.S. may communicate with leaders of Taiwan. Of course, Taiwan’s relative success as a democracy irks China’s autocrats. So one China? Yes, but it should not be expanding.
Dale M. Heckman, Davis
Standing Rock battle lives on
Re “Standing Rock won’t be another sad chapter” (Editorials, Dec. 5): What felt like a lifelong battle appears to be coming to an end. The dedication of hundreds of protesters, the commitment shown by those individuals that received nothing but injustice, and the efforts shown on their end will not be soon forgotten.
The devotion displayed at Standing Rock this past year will not be labeled as shameful. Rather, those individuals, including a few of my own dearest loved ones, will continue to be inspirations, and to some, heroes.
On what would have been the day that protesters would legally have to vacate the premises, instead, those very protesters will be celebrating the halt and rerouting of the pipeline. There will be no more bullets or bean bags, nor will there be water cannons or guard dogs. A success indeed, but this won’t mark the end. The battle lives on.
Jazlyn Mae Pingol,
Standing with the Sioux, protesters
Re “Local veterans head to North Dakota to protest pipeline” (Local, Dec. 4): I think the Sioux, along with other protesters, are right for standing their ground against the pipeline. I’m glad people in my hometown have decided to stand in solidarity.
The amount of force that the police have used against protesters at Standing Rock is absolutely unacceptable. If I was able to go there myself, I would. I can’t stand sitting around doing nothing while this injustice continues on American soil.
Make progress in homeless epidemic
We hold fundraisers to raise money for programs intended to lift people out of poverty, yet more and more people line sidewalks and abandoned street corners every night. We claim that proceeds from donations, fundraisers and charitable organizations are enough to provide the funding necessary to help them, yet we see a disturbing lack of resources that are supposedly provided.
We are not being proactive to ensure these children, men and women become productive members of society. What must change are the ways in which money and resources are utilized to lead to progress and shelters for these citizens of our city.
Kelsie Hughes, Sacramento
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