tremendously awkward diplomatic situation with them. I do think it is well and good that the device be returned to show that there is still some goodwill.
I also, however, think that Donald Trump's reaction to the situation is, how would we say? Unpresidented. As in--not at all the way a president would.
"Let them keep it!" (Which I have screen-capped, because really?) is an expression of sour grapes. We don't want it anyway. But there is a principle involved in getting it back. They lodged a formal complaint over Trump's Taiwan shenanigans regarding a disruption in the One China recognition. The US lodges a formal complaint over the marine drone. They will return the device--
Is he possibly worried we'll hand him over to make everything square? While I like the idea more than I like the idea of getting rescued from the potential of his misadministration by the "Hamilton electors", I think he should be quite safe in his Trump Tower.
But if this is how he intends to signal what he thinks about foreign policy (via series of badly-conceived social media missives), I'm not sure how safe he'll be in Washington, D.C.
(Not physically unsafe, mind you---we are not a nation of savages. But as he's already made steps to alienate the intelligence community on the issue of the Russian hacking, I can't help but think what he's doing with respects to China is also getting him crossways with State career folks. It's not really an auspicious start.)