Regardless Of Who Wins The Election, US-China Rivalry Would Persist

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US President Donald Trump hosted Chinese President Xi Jinping and First Lady Peng Liyuan to a lavish dinner at his Mar-a-Lago resort in April 2017 [File: Carlos Barria/Reuters]

Regardless Of Who Wins The Election, US-China Rivalry Would Persist - Vantage News Nigeria
US President Donald Trump hosted Chinese President Xi Jinping and First Lady Peng Liyuan to a lavish dinner at his Mar-a-Lago resort in April 2017 [File: Carlos Barria/Reuters]
It doesn’t matter whoever emerges the winner of the November 3 US election, relationship with China is likely to remain frosty

On his way to the White House, China had been one of Trump’s favourite targets even though at first their was a little romance in the air.

In April 2017, President Donald Trump entertained his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago, his luxury golf resort in Florida.

Trump had declared then, “We are going to have a very, very great relationship.”

A few months later, Xi feted Trump with a state dinner in Beijing’s Forbidden City, the first foreign leader to be given such an honour.

The two events marked the peak of a relationship that has come undone amid intensifying disputes over trade, technology, maritime claims, human rights and the COVID-19 pandemic.

The virus that was first identified in China late last year has spread across the globe and the United States is now the world’s worst-affected country.

As the United States citizens head to the polls on November 3, a tough approach to China is central to Trump’s bid for office.

For Biden, a former vice president under Obama who met Xi several times when he was in government, has said that under his administration the US would lead by the “power of its example” rather than the “example of its power”.

Candidate Biden has even referred to Xi as a “thug”.

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