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作者: 来源: 日期:2016-11-11 8:36:16

广州会议翻译公司:Donald Trump and the dangers of America first





It is symbolic and poignant that the election of Donald Trump was confirmed on the morning of November 9, 27 years to the day after the fall of the Berlin Wall. That was a moment of triumph for US leadership — and ushered in a period of optimism and expansion for liberal and democratic ideas around the world. That era has been definitively ended by Mr Trump’s victory.

唐纳德•特朗普(Donald Trump)119日早上被确认当选美国总统,这具有令人伤感的象征意义——27年前的这一天,柏林墙倒塌。那是一个美国领导力胜利的时刻,还开启了一段令人乐观、自由和民主思想在世界各地传播的时期。那个时期无疑随着特朗普的胜选而终结。广州会议翻译公司。


The electoral triumph of a race-baiting demagogue represents a profound blow to the prestige of US democracy — and thus to the cause of democracy around the world, which America has championed, on and off, since 1945.



The most eloquent and moving statement of that American commitment was made by John F Kennedy in 1961 — “Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and the success of liberty.”

美国作出的最精辟也最令人感动的承诺是约翰•肯尼迪(John F Kennedy)1961年所说的:“让每个国家都知道——不论它希望我们繁荣还是希望我们衰落——为确保自由的存在和自由的胜利,我们将付出任何代价,承受任何负担,应付任何艰难,支持任何朋友,反抗任何敌人。”


The generosity, breadth and eloquence of Kennedy’s vision makes a sad contrast with the pinched nationalism of Mr Trump’s proclamation that — “Our plan will put America first. Americanism not globalism will be our credo.” The difference between these two visions is profound and ominous. It was not just idealism that led America’s postwar generation to commit to the protection of liberty around the world. As Kennedy observed, his generation was “tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace”. They make a stark contrast with the generation who have voted for Mr Trump — fattened by fast food and infantilised by reality television.



The Kennedy generation had learnt bitter lessons from the Great Depression and the second world war. They knew that “America First” policies — those that sought to isolate the US from the problems of the wider world — had ultimately led to economic and political catastrophe. So after 1945, a new generation of US leaders, both Republicans and Democrats, built an economic and security architecture for the world — based around US leadership and international institutions and alliances, such as Nato, the UN and the World Bank.

肯尼迪那代人从“大萧条”(Great Depression)和二战汲取了惨痛的教训。他们知道,“美国优先”政策——那些寻求让美国对外部世界的问题不理不问的政策——最终导致经济和政治灾难。因此在1945年之后,美国新一代领导人(无论是共和党还是民主党人)为世界打造了一套经济和安全架构,其基础是美国的领导力以及国际机构和联盟,如北约(Nato)、联合国和世界银行(World Bank)


Mr Trump has forgotten these lessons drawn from the experience of the 1930s, if he ever knew them. He appears to have even more contempt for international bodies than for the institutions of America itself. His proposed policies threaten to take an axe to the liberal world order that the US has supported and sustained for many decades. In particular, he has challenged two of the main bipartisan principles that underpin America’s approach to the world. The first is support for an open, international trading system. The second is the commitment to the US-led alliances that underpin global security.



Mr Trump is the first avowed protectionist to be elected US president since before the second world war. He has promised to renegotiate America’s “terrible” trade deals, such as the North American Free Trade Agreement, and threatened to pull the US out of the World Trade Organisation. He has also mooted tariffs as high as 45 per cent on Chinese goods. If Mr Trump were to follow through on these threats, he would spark a global trade war and could well plunge the world into recession — similar to the depression of the 1930s, which was greatly deepened by America’s embrace of protectionism.



Mr Trump’s effect on the global security system could be just as dramatic. The president-elect has questioned whether the US will honour its security commitments to Nato allies and to Japan and South Korea — unless these countries pay more for their defence. American annoyance at “freeriding” by its allies is a bipartisan concern.

特朗普对全球安全体系的影响可能同样戏剧性。这位当选总统质疑美国是否会履行其对北约盟友以及日本和韩国的安全承诺——除非这些国家加大防务支出。美国对盟友“搭便车”的不满是两党都关注的问题。现在的不同之处在于,特朗普公开质疑有关美国将协防盟友抵挡军事攻击(无论发生什么情况)这个理念。这种模棱两可的态度——再加上特朗普公开钦佩俄罗斯总统弗拉基米尔•普京(Vladimir Putin)——将会让人们担心,美国将不会反对俄罗斯在乌克兰或者东欧发起新的侵略行动。