China Warms to Idea of Four More Years of Trump Presidency (Erosion of U.S. alliances outweighs trade blows, officials say)

Donald Trump has argued frequently of late that China is rooting for Joe Biden come November’s U.S. presidential election. In Beijing, however, officials have come around to support four more years of Trump.
Interviews with nine current and former Chinese officials point to a shift in sentiment in favor of the sitting president, even though he has spent much of the past four years blaming Beijing for everything from U.S. trade imbalances to Covid-19. The chief reason? A belief that the benefit of the erosion of America’s postwar alliance network would outweigh any damage to China from continued trade disputes and geopolitical instability.

While the officials shared concerns that U.S.-China tensions would rise regardless of who was in the White House, they broke largely into camps of those who emphasized geopolitical gains and those who were concerned about trade ties. Biden, the former vice president, was viewed as a traditional Democrat who would seek to shore up the U.S.’s tattered multilateral relationships and tamp down trade frictions.

“If Biden is elected, I think this could be more dangerous for China, because he will work with allies to target China, whereas Trump is destroying U.S. alliances,” said Zhou Xiaoming, a former Chinese trade negotiator and former deputy representative in Geneva. Four current officials echoed that sentiment, saying many in the Chinese government believed a Trump victory could help Beijing by weakening what they saw as Washington’s greatest asset for checking China’s widening influence.

The general assumption underlying their views was that little could be done to halt the slide in relations between the world’s two biggest economies. Thus, China needed to accelerate efforts to develop high-end indigenous industries, expand into developing markets and look for opportunities to work with nations in Europe and Asia to counter any U.S. isolation efforts.

Fascinating stuff.
Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake, eh?

I’m waiting for all of the posters decrying China meddling in a US election.

Bloomberg?

I would checking into his interest with China to see his one motivation. :wink:

Yeah, that name sounds familiar.

Wasn’t he running for some political office earlier this year?

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Hunter who?

Yep…and how his interest ties into China interest…not to mention his praises of Chinese goverment itself.

Someone call Comey, I am seeing foreign interference in the election here. Has anyone in Biden’s campaign talked to any Chinese people lately?

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Seriously? Didn’t you get the lib memo? That’s different.

The trough is open sheople…come and get it. Today’s version of Orange man baaa, baaa, baaad. :sunglasses:

So Bloomberg paid off the Chinese officials to say they favored Donald Trump?

It should be investigated, can’t be too careful in these cases of hostile foreign powers interfering in our elections right?

Amazing how the Deep State stretches all over the world, and officials of other countries can be made to say whatever the Deep State needs them to say.

Oh look, someone supporting foreign interference in our elections.

No…simply calling out people’s conspiracy-minded worldviews.

Get out from looking through the microscope and now attempt to look at the bigger picture…if China wants Biden elected, is it more helpful to this end to say they favor Trump of Biden?

Why would it be more helpful to say either?

The camps are locked in place. It’s all going to be about turnout, and who China says they favor won’t help either side in the slightest.

Now ignore the virus, it’s absolute catastrophic effect on our nation, it’s perceived origin, how China lied to the world about it from the get/go and whether the voting public will be holding hands with China and sing kumbaya?

Didn’t they already do that when Hunter Biden was paid 1.5 billion?

Non sequitur, but thanks for playing.