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China Could in a Subtle Way Be Interfering in the U.S. Presidential Election

Updated on August 19, 2018

Everybody disenchanted with Trump seems to be obsessed with the Russian connection. Not a day passes when the opponents of Trump both from the GOP and Democrats come out with shrill voices against the so-called Russian interference. Many others like James Comey feel that Trump is unfit to rule. There is also a congressional investigation headed by Robert Mueller investigating this aspect of American politics. Trump has labeled it a "witch hunt".

Maybe he is not far from the truth. Fox News Curtis Ellis has opined that the opponents of Trump are so obsessed with the Russian connection that they fail to see a bigger interference in the coming presidential election by China. The communist giant in a subtle way is trying to influence the voters of key states which support Trump to try and turn the tide against him. The Chinese would be more than happy if Trump goes away, because he has done something which no American president had even thought of doing.

Chinese tariff

The Chinese actions are cloaked in rhetoric as it states that it is only reacting to the US decision to raise taxes on Chinese goods. They forget that Trump imposed these levies after a careful study to try and restore the trade imbalance between the two. China has gone about its task in a more subtle way and has imposed $ 50 billion of tariffs on selected American goods. It appears that the tariffs are carefully imposed on those goods that are produced in states that are the strongholds of president Trump.

A subtle move by China

An example is the tariffs on soybeans which could have the farmers of Iowa turn against Trump. Beijing will not be happy if Trump wins the 2020 election. Hence it is trying to use its right of imposing tariffs selectively on goods that could help turn the tide against Trump. The Chinese are past masters in duplicity and they are going about their task in a very subtle way but hardly anyone in America is concerned. Probably many would be happy to see the back of Trump in the 2020 poll.

There is no doubt that China is rattled by the tariff's imposed by Trump. It wants to open a door so that it can extricate itself from the actions of a maverick president. The Chinese who recently carried out a war drill in the Taiwan Strait has announced that trade talks will commence with the USA. This shows a climb down by China in the face of a determined US president. One wonders why nobody before Trump thought of the imbalance in US-China trade.It's over 300 million dollars. Even if somebody pointed it out, no American president wanted to bell the cat by imposing tariffs on Chinese goods.


Trump has done the impossible and in the process charted a new chapter in US trade history. There is no guarantee he will succeed but he cannot be faulted for not trying. Trump is right that the people who are talking of the Russian connection are wasting their time. Its about time America addressed the more immediate effects of Chinese and the subtle motives behind it.


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    • Robert Sacchi profile image

      Robert Sacchi 

      6 weeks ago

      Thank you for bringing up this largely ignored story.

    • emge profile imageAUTHOR


      3 months ago from Abu Dhabi

      Thank you Ken for your comment

    • Ken Burgess profile image

      Ken Burgess 

      3 months ago from Florida

      This is true, China has been influencing our politics for decades now, Bill Clinton's initial Presidential campaign was funded largely through Chinese donors and businesses, this was well documented back then.

      Today we have the likes of Billionaire George Soros singlehandedly picking (by backing with millions of dollars donated) who becomes the Governor or Representative in various elections across the country today. The Royal Family of Saudi Arabia pumps in millions, and as you noted, China has plenty of motivation to interfere now more than ever.

      And for the most part, the corporate media exposes none of it, because they too are controlled by these same funding sources.

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      Brad Masters 

      6 months ago from Orange County California BSIT BSL JD


      I agree, and there is probably a list of countries that use the same tactics as China. By the way, the UK was involved in the spying on Americans in America during 2016, subtle or just rude.

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      6 months ago from london

      Interesting as always, my brother. A good read.

    • Readmikenow profile image


      6 months ago

      Very well written. You raise some interesting points. I believe President Trump has confronted China because it had to be done. It's not pretty, but neither were the trade imbalances. Will American benefit from this in the future? If China sees the benefit to closing the trade gap, America could benefit greatly, as will China. Enjoyed reading this.

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      Leslie McCowen 

      6 months ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Wasting our time?

      This is cyberwar.. and it cannot be allowed to go unpunished, or be minimized and shrugged off as Trump would like. Obviously, since he was involved.

      China.....who are their allies? Russia, Brazil, Iran....BRICS. Vlad will dump Trump in a New York minute.

      Trump is playing a fools game. It’s not the USA problem that he is indebted to the Russian mob.

      Move over Trump, let patriots take over.


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