Living here in China, for those of you who know me has been a wonderful experience. I have made many great friends. Seen spectacular places and now have even opened a business that is doing far better than I had ever hoped for. However, Trump Trade, and his ideas on immigration has recently scared even me.
Yes, he has focused on “The Wall” between the United States and Mexico. He has enforced the travel ban on seven Islamic nations. And Trump has spoken up, concerned that China has taken away way too many jobs from American citizens.
Chinese nationals and many foreigners here in China are concerned about international trades between America and China. I could write an endless post documenting facts both for and against trades between the two countries backed by mountains of data.
Bottom line is, I believe all countries need each other. Not just America and China. Not just China and Africa. Not just Russia and the United States. We now live in an age where the globe is now smaller than it has ever been.
We can have face to face conversations with anyone on the opposite side of the planet at any time of day or night. Instant communication which benefits all involved. I asked a few of my friends here in China what they think of America’s new president and what are their opinions on some of his policies.
I want to introduce a friend of mine who was born and raised in China. The following is a response I received from her after she talked with a few of her friends. Her name is Stella Lou. She took some English classes and now is trying to develop a business in foreign trade. I met her a few years ago while she was promoting an English workshop she was at that time working for. Read her response to what she and her friends think.
Good evening, Wayne
Now I write to you to tell you what I have found of the Chinese opinion on the U.S. immigration policy.
As we know, after Donald Trump became the new America president, he released many new policies. All of them made a powerful influence around the world. One of them is the “Ban of Immigration” policy, which caused many protest marches until now.
I talked about this U.S. situation with my friends. From the presidential election, we clarified our view of who should be the new president, Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, and the reason why we think.
Most of my friends thought both of them are not good presidential material. Although I don't know the reason clearly, no matter who became the new president, it was clear that it would be a disaster to America and some other countries.
Then we talked about the newest immigration policy. It is the one that worried us most. I didn't have a strong opinion on this because all my family and life is in China. I also never thought about going to U.S. for travelling or studying in the future. But some of my friends are different.
One of my female friends, her son has studied in U.S. for almost 4 years. She goes to the U.S. to visit her son twice a year. Another friend's little brother also studied in U.S. for many years.
According to research, there were more than 50 million people studying abroad in 2015. I don't know how many of them studied in U.S. but America is usually the first choice for people. Twenty-sixteen is the fifteenth year that China has been with the WTO.
Meanwhile, because education and maybe the environment is better than China, many Chinese people immigrated to America to be overseas Chinese. China was the second most immigrants to go to America in 2016, the first being France.
On the other hand, if we don't talk about how many Chinese people are living and studying in U.S. let's see the number of Americans who stay and work in China. In 2016, there are about 440 million foreigners traveled to China for vacation only. I don't know how many of these were Americans, but I think the number can’t be much smaller.
As I learned English in WSE, all of the teachers were from a country whose first language was English. Of course, America is included. Last year in the WSE center, I learned there were two Americans, who have now resigned, but still work in China and married to Chinese women.
They have happy families. They are gentle and polite. We all like them. We think we can be good friend even if we don't understand what they are sometimes talking about. It doesn't matter. We are learning and they are also learning Chinese. Actually Chinese is now becoming more and more popular in the world for everyone to learn. We want to become ever closer.
As one of the most powerful countries in the world, America should not do "stupid” things, such as ban immigrants. One of the first things I learned seriously about America, is that America is a “melting pot”. That every American is proud of this.
Trump’s slogan "Make America Great Again" should not be an excuse to create his ban on immigration policy. America had accepted all kinds of cultures and that is what made America great. Only because different kinds of races constitute a prosperous America.
I really don't understand his idea of the relationship between Americans first and other races. International companies like Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Apple, Amazon and so on, are all made up of employees from different countries.
Their managers know attracting talent from all over the world is the most important foundation for America to maintain prosperity long term. "No immigrants, No Apple". They all contribute to America and the world economy.
Trump see’s China as the biggest competitor. He attacks China in trade and intellectual property right issues. He also released opposed signals on Taiwan and the South China Sea. There is a video I watched a few days ago that showed the U.S. China foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang clarify China's view of every issue – “China advocates peace”.
I hope China and America can work peacefully together. I hope people all over the world have the right and freedom to choose the country they want to live. I hope all my friends can go and come everywhere uncontrolled. I hope we all have a happy family and life.
We have one world.
I have talked to many Chinese people. They all seem to have the same general feelings. The Chinese love foreigners. They love sharing their culture and rich history. Many Chinese are eager to learn English so they can better interact with foreigners.
I have not met a single Chinese national that has had hidden ulterior motives to peace in the world. My students wish they will be able to make friends with many people from countries from all over the world.
Why can’t we all get along? Perhaps some of the conspiracy stories are right. Governments alone design the hate for other countries. After all, we all know war makes for big business.