Ignore the way National Security Adviser Michael Flynn put Iran "on notice" and the new president insisted, that, when it comes to that country, "nothing is off the table." Instead, focus for a moment on something truly scary.
Through a series of unwise if not reckless moves, Donald Trump has already harmed the world's most significant bilateral relationship and, by doing so, is taking our global village on a dangerous path since there can't be global prosperity and peace without strong China-U.S. synergies.
Even if Xi Jinping were to counter Trump's twitter storm with gale-force tweets of his own, it's fair to assume that the president-elect wouldn't be swayed. American leaders don't view U.S. power projection through the lens of those on the receiving end.
Relationships between Asian countries and the West are currently in a state of flux. However, if it is to have a hope of stopping the rise of China, the United States should instead harness its special relationship with traditional Asian allies.
To a great extent, our efforts toward China will be about managing problems, not solving them. In this most important bilateral relationship in the world, we should deal with China from a position of economic and military strength.
The future will surely not be a straight up drive to power, economic and political greatness. But, the direction is clear. In the next 20 years China will emerge on the world stage as an economic superpower and a great military and political power.