Trump and U.S. foreign policy:
Well, since the Congress is taken over by the Republicans, and Trump proves himself a mad man, who, if he declears war on China, I won't be surprised, I can foresee a looming war in the future: either to China, either to ISIS, either to Syria, even to Russia. Bipartisanship has runied the Congress in overseeing the presidential actions, and Jesus, who knows what will happen. Though Trump declears himeself an isolationist, I am not optimistic to the prospect of U.S. forign policy during his presidency.
God bless our world. I don't wanna live under the threat of nuclear war, although that's what MAY happen in the following decade. :(
U.S. foreign service VS China foreign service
Neverthless, the system of U.S. foreign policy is very interesting. Like China, diplomacy, foreign service, is also considered far away from people's daily life, but what I observe the difference between the views regarding to the foreign service of the U.S. and China, is that when evaluating a governmental department, Chinese people never take the creation of job into consideration (or maybe they do). Also, the State Department has to beg for budget (lol), which is hard to Chinese people to imagine.
It's quite interesting to read the analysis of China's foreign policy from the perspective of its rival, the United States. I am quite surprised on how they understand China's sanction, in a way I have never thought of.
National interest of the U.S. VS National interest of China in the Middle East
Apparently, the core interests of the U.S. in the Middle East is the Holy Trinity - oil, containment of communism (past) / terrorism (now), and Isreal. We can trace how U.S. foreign policy adapted pursing these three national interests. But how about China?
Obviously, oil is the top priority for China in the Middle East. Industralization, manufacture, everything needs oil.
Iran. We know that Iran is listed as the country of the axis of evil by the States, and Russia backs Iran by selling weapons to Iran. Is Iran the strategic ally for China in the Middle East? I am uncertain about it, since apperently China is purchasing oil clandestinely from Iran, but China seems indifferent to establish its hegemony in the Middle East-- yes, the cliché we heard often time, China is not interested in inferening other nation's internal affairs; all it wants is economic profit. But who knows? Will China join to compete with the States and Russia by supporting Iran to balance the power structure in the Middle East?
Lobby-politics and foreign policemaking
It's unfortunate to see how lobbying ruins the foreign policymaking in the United States. These powerful interests groups, with strong finance support, is stamping the national interest of the U.S. in exchange to the nation they represent. Everyone knows that the U.S. foreign policy is guided by stupid moralistic principles, and the foreign service in the U.S. is inefficient, unprofessional, dominated by money and nepotism. Well, we will see what may happen in the future.
---- I will add more if I have more thoughts on this topic.