Book Claim: Starting ‘All-Encompassing War’ with China Topped Bannon’s White House Agenda

Book Claim: Starting ‘All-Encompassing War’ with China Topped Bannon’s White House Agenda

Robert Delaney and Zhenhua Lu write at the South China Morning Post that Steve Bannon identified China as the greatest challenge to the United States while serving as Donald Trump’s Chief Strategist:

An “all-encompassing” war with China was one of the earliest objectives of President Donald Trump’s chief strategist, Steve Bannon, according to Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, a controversial, behind-the-scenes-account of the US leader’s first year in office.

“China is where Nazi Germany was in 1929 to 1930,” Wolff quoted Bannon as saying. “The Chinese, like the Germans, are the most rational people in the world, until they’re not. And they’re gonna flip like Germany in the ‘thirties. You’re going to have a hypernationalist state, and once that happens, you can’t put the genie back in the bottle.”

Although Bannon left his White House role in August, Washington is on the verge of a trade war with Beijing, a path that aligns with Wolff’s account of Bannon’s over-arching foreign policy goal: conflict with China. Trump ordered investigations into China’s trade and investment policies, moves which may result in punitive action against Chinese goods and investors.

Read the rest of the story at the South China Morning Post.