Trump Claims To Be Tough On China — Then Why Do They Want Him To Win?
June 24, 2020
Don’t believe Trump’s tough talk. Trump got played by China and has repeatedly done more to help them than hurt them. It’s no wonder China wants Trump to win reelection.
People with ties to the Chinese state poured hundreds of thousands into Trump’s reelection campaign to try to influence him.
Wall Street Journal: “Soon after Donald Trump took office, people with ties to the Chinese state poured hundreds of thousands of dollars into his re-election bid to get close to and potentially influence the new president.”
Trump got played by China and failed American farmers who became collateral damage in his reckless trade war.
New York Times: “Within two years of President Trump’s taking office, one of his key political constituencies — America’s farmers — were reeling from his trade war with China. Mr. Trump had waged his fight to try to eliminate the trade deficit with China and bring manufacturing back to the United States. But American farmers — among the country’s largest exporters, and a key part of the president’s political base — soon became collateral damage in that effort.”
Trump got in the way of his own administration officials, preventing them from crafting tough on China policies.
New York Times: “As national security officials and some trade advisers in the Trump administration tried crafting get-tough-on-China policies to address what they viewed as America’s greatest foreign policy challenge, they ran into opposition from an unexpected quarter. President Trump himself was undermining their work.”
Trump has allowed China to expand its global influence and aided its efforts to dominate global industry.
Washington Post’s Monkey Cage: “Trump’s decision to pull U.S. out of WHO will boost China’s influence”
Bloomberg: “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.”
Wall Street Journal Editorial Board: “Keeping out high-skilled foreign workers will hamstring U.S. innovation, aiding China’s effort to dominate artificial intelligence, semiconductors and biotech. The winners will be China’s national champions including Huawei, Baidu and Tencent.”
It’s no wonder China is rooting for Trump to win reelection. Trump has repeatedly done more to help China than he has to harm them.
Bloomberg Opinion: “Why would the government of China — a country that President Donald Trump has hit with tariffs and sanctions, blamed for the coronavirus pandemic, and labeled as the greatest threat to American security — reportedly be rooting for Trump’s re-election in 2020? Perhaps because Chinese officials realize what former National Security Adviser John Bolton’s recent tell-all book underscores: The damage Trump is doing to U.S. power and the global democratic community outweighs any harm he is doing to Beijing. Another four years of Trump will magnify that damage, so the 2020 election is taking on historic importance in determining the shape of the modern world.”