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Trump Hands the Chinese a Gift: The Chance for Global Leadership

WASHINGTON — President Trump has managed to turn America First into America Isolated.


In pulling out of the Paris climate accord, Mr. Trump has created a vacuum of global leadership that presents ripe opportunities to allies and adversaries alike to reorder the world’s power structure. His decision is perhaps the greatest strategic gift to the Chinese, who are eager to fill the void that Washington is leaving around the world on everything from setting the rules of trade and environmental standards to financing the infrastructure projects that give Beijing vast influence.


Mr. Trump’s remarks in the Rose Garden on Thursday were also a retreat from leadership on the one issue, climate change, that unified America’s European allies, its rising superpower competitor in the Pacific, and even some of its adversaries, including Iran. He did it over the objections of much of the American business community and his secretary of state, Rex W. Tillerson, who embraced the Paris accord when he ran Exxon Mobil, less out of a sense of moral responsibility and more as part of the new price of doing business around the world.

特朗普周四在玫瑰园发表的言论,意味着美国将退出应对气候变化议题的领导者行列,而这一议题曾把美国的欧洲盟友、它在太平洋地区日渐崛起的超级大国竞争对手,乃至包括伊朗在内的它的一些敌人团结起来。他不顾美国商界很多人以及国务卿雷克斯·W·蒂勒森(Rex W. Tillerson)的反对,做出了这一决定。蒂勒森在掌管埃克森美孚(Exxon Mobil)期间便对该协定表示了支持,他这样做与其说是出于道德责任感,不如说是在世界各地做生意的新代价。

As Mr. Trump announced his decision, the Paris agreement’s goals were conspicuously reaffirmed by friends and rivals alike, including nations where it would have the most impact, like China and India, as well as the major European Union states and Russia.


The announcement came only days after he declined to give his NATO allies a forceful reaffirmation of America’s commitment to their security, and a few months after he abandoned a trade deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, that was designed to put the United States at the center of a trade group that would compete with — and, some argue, contain — China’s fast-growing economic might.

宣布这一消息仅仅几天之前,特朗普曾拒绝向北约盟友坚定地重申美国对它们的安全承诺。再往前数几个月,他抛弃了一项名为“跨太平洋伙伴关系协定”(Trans Pacific Partnership,简称TPP)的贸易协议。TPP的签订旨在把美国置于一个贸易集团的核心位置,该集团将与中国日益增长的经济实力相抗衡——也有人说是对其加以遏制。

“The irony here is that people worried that Trump would come in and make the world safe for Russian meddling,” said Richard N. Haass, the president of the Council on Foreign Relations, who was briefly considered, then rejected, for a top post in the new administration. “He may yet do that,” Mr. Haass added, “but he has certainly made the world safe for Chinese influence.”

“颇为讽刺的是,人们曾担心特朗普上台后,会为俄罗斯的干预之举创造条件,”曾短暂地成为新政府高级职位候选人,后被放弃的外交关系协会(Council on Foreign Relations)主席理查德·N·哈斯(Richard N. Haass )说。“他或许还没这样做,”哈斯继续说道,“但他已经显然已经为中国拓展其影响力创造了条件。”

The president, and his defenders, argue that such views are held by an elite group of globalists who have lost sight of the essential element of American power: economic growth. Mr. Trump made that argument explicitly in the Rose Garden with his contention that the Paris accord amounted to nothing more than “a massive redistribution of United States wealth to other countries.”


In short, he turned the concept of the agreement on its head. While President Barack Obama argued that the United Nations Green Climate Fund — a financial institution to help poorer nations combat the effects of climate change — would benefit the world, Mr. Trump argued that the American donations to the fund, which he halted, would beggar the country.

简而言之,他颠覆了这项协定的概念。贝拉克·奥巴马(Barack Obama)总统曾说,联合国绿色气候基金(United Nations Green Climate Fund)——一家帮助较为贫困的国家对抗气候变化影响的金融机构——将让世界受益;特朗普却说,美国对该基金的捐助会让美国变得很穷——他已经停掉了这项捐助。

“Our withdrawal from the agreement represents a reassertion of America’s sovereignty,” Mr. Trump said.


That, in short, encapsulates how Mr. Trump’s view of preserving American power differs from all of his predecessors, back to President Harry S. Truman. His proposed cuts to contributions to the United Nations and to American foreign aid are based on a presumption that only economic and military power count. “Soft power” — investments in alliances and broader global projects — are, in his view, designed to drain influence, not add to it, evident in the fact that he did not include the State Department among the agencies that are central to national security, and thus require budget increases.

简而言之,这体现了特朗普对维持美国实力的理解,与可追溯至哈里·S·杜鲁门(Harry S. Truman)的所有前任这方面的理解均有不同。他提议削减上交联合国的经费和美国对外援助经费,这是基于只有经济和军事实力才重要的假设。在他看来,“软实力”这种东西——对结盟和更广泛的全球项目的投资——只会耗尽而不是增加影响力。这一点在他没有把国务院算作对国家安全颇为重要,因而须增加预算的机构这个事实中表现得淋漓尽致。

It will take years to determine the long-term effects of his decision to abandon the Paris agreement, to the environment and to the global order. It will not break alliances: Europe is hardly about to embrace a broken, corrupt Russia.


But Mr. Trump has added to the arguments of leaders around the world that it is time to rebalance their portfolios by effectively selling some of their stock in Washington. Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany has already announced her plan to hedge her bets, declaring last weekend after meeting Mr. Trump that she had realized “the times when we could completely rely on others are, to an extent, over.”

但特朗普让世界各国的领导人有了更多的理由,认为是时候通过大力卖出在华盛顿的部分股份,来重新平衡自己的投资组合了。德国总理安格拉·默克尔(Angela Merkel)已经宣布了她的对冲止损计划。上周末,在同特朗普举行了会晤后,默克尔声称她意识到,“我们可以完全依赖他人的时代,在一定程度上来说结束了”。

That may be temporary: It is still possible that Mr. Trump’s announcement on Thursday will amount to a blip in history, a withdrawal that takes so long — four years — that it could be reversed after the next presidential election. But for now it leaves the United States declaring that it is better outside the accord than in, a position that, besides America, has so far only been taken by Syria and Nicaragua. (Syria did not sign on because it is locked in civil war, Nicaragua because it believes the world’s richest nations did not sacrifice enough.)


But it is the relative power balance with China that absorbs anyone who studies the dance of great powers. Even before Mr. Trump’s announcement, President Xi Jinping had figured out how to embrace the rhetoric of global leadership.


“What the Paris accord represented, in a fractured world, was finally some international consensus, led by two big polluters, China and the United States, on a common course of action,” said Graham T. Allison, the author of a new book, “Destined For War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides’s Trap?”

“《巴黎协定》代表着支离破碎的世界之中终于有了一点国际共识,由中国和美国这两个大的污染国家领衔,展开一项有共同目标的行动,”新书《注定一战:美国和中国能否逃脱修昔底德陷阱?》的作者格雷厄姆·T·艾里森(Graham T. Allison)说。

“What you’d expect us to do is sustain our position by maintaining our most important relationship around the world and address what the citizens of our allies consider their most important problems: economic growth and an environment that sustains their children and grandchildren,’’ he added. “Instead, we are absenting the field.”


That sentiment was evident on Thursday in Berlin. Just hours before Mr. Trump spoke, China’s premier, Li Keqiang, stood alongside Ms. Merkel, and used careful words as he described China as a champion of the accord. China believed that fighting climate change was a an “international responsibility,” Mr. Li said, the kind of declaration that American diplomats have made for years when making the case to combat terrorism or nuclear proliferation or hunger.


China has long viewed the possibility of a partnership with Europe as a balancing strategy against the United States. Now, with Mr. Trump questioning the basis of NATO, the Chinese are hoping that their partnership with Europe on the climate accord may allow that relationship to come to fruition faster than their grand strategy imagined.


Mr. Xi announced the sweeping initiative last month, envisioning spending $1 trillion on huge infrastructure projects across Africa, Asia and Europe. It is a plan with echoes of the Marshall Plan and other American efforts at aid and investment, but on a scale with little precedent in modern history. And the clear subtext is that it is past time to toss out the rules of aging, American-dominated international institutions, and to conduct commerce on China’s terms.

习近平上月宣布了一项全面举措,计划斥资1万亿美元投资非洲、亚洲和欧洲的超大型基础设施项目。这个计划有点像马歇尔计划(Marshall Plan)以及美国在援助和投资方面的其他工作,但其规模在现代史上几乎没有先例。这其中蕴含着明确的潜台词:以美国为主导的老一套国际体系早该抛弃,该按中国的条件做买卖了。