‘Fools Build Walls,’ Says China — Home Of The Longest Wall In The World!
President Trump campaigned on building a wall on America’s southern border to prevent people from illegally entering the country. And he also promised to target countries that impose trade barriers on the United States — a move that has miffed some nations.
Like China. Trump has imposed new tariffs on Chinese goods to offset a massive trade deficit with the country. Trump has called for 25% tariffs on more than $50 billion worth of Chinese goods, and China doesn’t like that. Not one bit.
“Following the path of expanding and opening up is China’s best response to the trade dispute between China and the United States, and is also the responsibility that major countries should have to the world,” said an editorial in Xinhua news agency.
“The wise man builds bridges, the fool builds walls,” Xinhua said.
But whoever wrote the piece has clearly forgotten that China built the longest world in the world, much of which still stands. The wall was built for defensive purposes but also as a way to control China’s borders and to allow the country to impose duties on goods transported along the Silk Road.
The border barrier runs for some 5,500 miles, with 3,889 miles of actual wall, 223 miles of trenches and 1,387 miles of natural defensive barriers such as hills and rivers, the BBC reported.
The irony of China decrying walls was not lost on some.
The Vatican has also condemned Trump’s plans to build a wall. “A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian. This is not the gospel,” the Pope told reporters in 2016.
Here’s what the Vatican looks like: