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China Will Be a Central Theme in the Coming Presidential Election

Updated on April 23, 2020
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An air warrior and political observer who has the pulse of the region and can sense a change when it comes.

The Scenario

The 2016 election saw the victory of Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton. The victory was unexpected as the press had already declared Hillary Clinton as the winner. Trump's victory was a bit of a surprise because something called the "Russian connection" reared its head during the election. The allegations of the Russian connection gathered steam after Trump won and the Democrats wanted him to be impeached for treason.

In my view, the allegations that Vladimir Putin could have influenced the American election in 2016 are a bit far-fetched. It is also an insult to the American voter who is so fickle that he could be swayed by a leader from Russia sitting thousands of miles away.

The 2020 election is on us now. This time there are no imaginary issues and real facts have come to the fore. These concerns China and whatever the Americans say they cannot Ignore what China has done to America. China has unleashed a virus on America that to date has accounted for the death of nearly 50,000 Americans. Perhaps thousands more will die because China never cooperated with the United States as far as the coronavirus is concerned. America also has the sad spectacle of 22 million Americans who are unemployed because of this virus.


Serious Issue


The American president even now has not realized the gravity of the issue. He seems to be talking in fits and starts. He has gone around praising president Xi and at the same time has said that China will have to pay for what it has done. He has added a rider that in case the explanation by China is acceptable then it's okay but he has not stated what he will do in case the Chinese do not give a proper explanation.

In between, he has lambasted previous presidents who allowed China to become a superpower. There is a lot of truth in what Trump says on this issue. The previous American presidents had the fond hope that they would integrate China economically with the USA and with their help America would continue its dominance over the world.

My interpretation is that the previous US presidents from Richard Nixon downwards were living in a fool's paradise. There was no way that China could ever be subservient to America because China has always believed itself to be the center of the world the "middle kingdom."

China is now a global economic power. A fact that cannot be brushed under the carpet is how can you ever isolate China from the world economy? I will give you an example. Recently I was in Dubai and purchased the Apple MacBook Pro. This is the top of the line American product but when I looked at the back of the laptop I found the words "made in China."The moral of the story is that President Trump may breathe fire against China but I do not think the United States has the wherewithal to counter China without burning itself.

One small point needs elucidation here. When the virus broke President Trump used to often refer to it as the "China virus".Now he has stopped using this terminology and people may wonder why he backtracked


China and 2020 election

Unlike the "Russian connection" which was never proved, the Chinese virus is a hot property in the 2020 election. President Trump's super PAC recently released a TV AD campaign this week which painted Joe Biden as soft on China. The apparent Democratic nominee campaign committee immediately mobilized a full-court press to counter the attack.

Trump has turned on China where the coronavirus originated. This is an attempt to distract from domestic criticism of his low recognition of the crisis that has killed more than 50,000 Americans. He will, however, be hard put to explain as to why he was praising president XI in between. The President is unfazed and has slammed Biden for what he claims is a long record of appeasing Beijing.

The former president, however, has not taken things lying down. He has hit back with a digital ad that claims Trump rolled over for the Chinese and he took their word for it. This attack and accusation of directly blaming millions of lost jobs and tens and thousands of US deaths on Trump also says that he left America unprepared and unprotected.

It is a sign of the times that the American people many of whom do not know that this virus originated from Wuhan in central China could potentially define the coming election. The President is looking for an exit strategy to cover up for some of the mistakes which he did earlier and in case he is successful only then he can be sure of repeating his 2016 victory. So his aim is to show that a Democratic candidate is a weak man as far as facing China is concerned.

The President wants to open up the economy but it's a double-edged sword. There is a possibility that there could be a backlash and the virus could spread again. If that happens no amount of explanation by Trump is going to help him.

China is thus one of the factors in the coming election and this is a very very tangible fact. Whoever wins whether Trump or Joe Biden, the new President will have to come to grips with China and it will not be easy to backtrack on policy started 50 years back by Richard Nixon.


Last Word

The 2020 election is going to be a defining election in American politics. Whoever wins this election will be faced with a nation whose economy has been severely mauled and millions of unemployed hanging around..All this has happened because of a devious plan by the Chinese leaders to undermine the West. Trump a week back had said that the economy of Spain is destroyed.If this virus is not controlled the American economy also could be similarly affected and in that case who will be to blame?.

President Trump a number of times, has been trumpeting the good work done by China.One fails to understand what is his motive and how he will face China in case he is elected.There is no doubt that China reached the present state of its economy with more than a little help from the USA which abdicated its responsibility to the free world by hobnobbing with a totalitarian and undemocratic state where even president Xi has got himself appointed for life.

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    • emge profile imageAUTHOR

      MG Singh 

      2 weeks ago from Singapore

      Leslie, thank you for your comment. Maybe you have a point.

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      Leslie McCowen 

      2 weeks ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Yes. And I don’t believe that woman. As Nicole Wallis said, it’s a right wing smear campaign.

      Biden was vetted up and down before his vp stint.....not even a whisper of anything like this came up.

      Republicans are still using Lee Atwater tactics. Sickening.

      And, I won’t listen to any of it ANYWAY until we get the same concern about the 25 women who accuse Trump.

      Apparently, it’s not an issue for him. Odd!

    • emge profile imageAUTHOR

      MG Singh 

      2 weeks ago from Singapore

      Leslie, thanks. You honestly feel that Biden is the better man to lead America with the accusations against him?

    • emge profile imageAUTHOR

      MG Singh 

      2 weeks ago from Singapore

      Denise, thanks. This fact of China is a home grown problem. Great leaders think ahead, sadly some American leaders didn't.

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      Leslie McCowen 

      2 weeks ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Biden is not a push over on anything. He doesn’t owe millions to the bank of China, like Trump.

      Nor is he beholden to Russian oligarchs.

      People should read his record and his plans, and not listen to rightwing propaganda.

      The more Trump blames China, the guiltier he looks. There are plenty out there in the world who don’t buy his scapegoating.

      One guy I heard says Novartis is to blame for Covid, to sell the cure. $$$. And by golly, Novartis makes hydroxychloroquine!

      A French Nobel prize winner says Corona had strains of Aids injected into it.....or something.....biologists working on an AIDS vaccine. Says it is man made.

      Trump says it’s man made.

      People had Corona like systems way before Wuhan, and in other countries.

      I think it’s true what I heard in the very beginning: Covid comes from rich people traveling the globe.

      Who knows? Does anyone for sure?

      All I see is a convenient scapegoat.....although they sure knew how serious it was when it hit them.....and knew exactly what to do.

      I hate this world of secrecy. A lot.

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      Denise McGill 

      2 weeks ago from Fresno CA

      You may be right. Way too much manufacturing has been sent "overseas" because they thought they were keeping the costs down for the consumer but instead were empowering other nations with our economy and ideas. We did this to ourselves.

      Blessings,

      Denise

    • emge profile imageAUTHOR

      MG Singh 

      4 weeks ago from Singapore

      Thank you Ken for your comment. Economic reality is going to hit hard particularly West Europe. In USA Biden is just not the man for the job but I wonder about Trump also.

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      Ken Burgess 

      4 weeks ago from Florida

      That is just it though, Biden won't control China, Biden won't do anything more than make noise about it during the campaign.

      I suppose there is worse things for us to suffer than the peaceful transition of America from World Leader to subservient state to the powers of International Authority Agencies (that will be dominated if not controlled by China).

      But the economic realities that come with that I don't believe many Americans understand or would be willing to accept.

    • emge profile imageAUTHOR

      MG Singh 

      4 weeks ago from Singapore

      Leslie, Thank you for your comment. In my view, even Biden will find it hard to contain China.

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      MG Singh 

      4 weeks ago from Singapore

      Leslie, I have seen this youtube video. That's why I wrote that Trump is going around praising President Xi. I have also written that America needs a Roosevelt. If we go by the logic of Ivanka and her patents from China I don't see how Trump can stop a Chinese takeover of the world with the USA as a camp follower.

    • emge profile imageAUTHOR

      MG Singh 

      4 weeks ago from Singapore

      Ken, thanks for your opinion.

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      Leslie McCowen 

      4 weeks ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Speaking of Ivanka and China.....

      https://youtu.be/-JUb82DERQE

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      Leslie McCowen 

      4 weeks ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Opinions are like......

      “Biden agrees with Trump that China is breaking international trade rules, unfairly subsidizing Chinese companies, and discriminating against U.S. firms and stealing their intellectual property. He says one million manufacturing jobs have been lost to China.

      However, he says Trump’s broad tariffs are “erratic” and “self-defeating,” and he instead calls for targeted retaliation against China using existing trade laws and building a united front of allies. He warns that China is making massive investments in energy, infrastructure, and technology that threaten to leave the United States behind.“

      https://www.cfr.org/election2020/candidate-tracker...

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      Ken Burgess 

      4 weeks ago from Florida

      MG: "Ken, you summed up the pros and cons pretty well. I wonder how competent Trump or Biden will be in facing the Chinese. The next decade could be crucial."

      Trump will resist the continued advancement of China to world dominance at America's expense. As he has been doing all along.

      Biden will give in to China and try to make America's acquiescence to China's superiority over America a smooth one.

      Biden's dealings with China, and Biden's views of China are a matter of record. What Biden may say now to try and sway voters is nothing more than the typical lies of a corrupt politician.

    • emge profile imageAUTHOR

      MG Singh 

      4 weeks ago from Singapore

      LesliMcCowen, that's the point. The US top leadership is too enmeshed with China to take strong action on this virus which is China's gift to America.

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      Leslie McCowen 

      4 weeks ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Well, if China is our enemy, someone better talk to Ivanka. What was it, 26 patents she got from them? Something like that. Including voting machines.

      Maybe she’s helping them.

      And if they ever decided to hack into our gvt, Republicans wouldn’t care in the least.

      After what Vlad did and is doing......I’ll take China over him.

    • emge profile imageAUTHOR

      MG Singh 

      4 weeks ago from Singapore

      Chitrangada, yes this election will be crucial and I wonder if either Trump or Biden have the G to face China. Thanks for commenting

    • emge profile imageAUTHOR

      MG Singh 

      4 weeks ago from Singapore

      Ken, you summed up the pros and cons pretty well. I wonder how competent Trump or Biden will be in facing the Chinese. The next decade could be crucial.

    • emge profile imageAUTHOR

      MG Singh 

      4 weeks ago from Singapore

      Thanks Lesli for your comment.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 weeks ago from New Delhi, India

      Interesting analysis. Yes, the forthcoming election in USA, will be keenly watched.

      Thank you for sharing this insightful article.

    • Ken Burgess profile image

      Ken Burgess 

      4 weeks ago from Florida

      China is in direct conflict with America and always will be until they have supplanted America as the world's economic and military Super Power.

      China's goal is to replace the Dollar with the Yuan, become the world's leading economic engine, and become the strongest military presence on Earth.

      Its as simple as that... the two Nations are at odds... one is the global leader and the other one wants to depose it. America can either choose to diminish, Americans can accept a lesser economy and lesser potential for opportunity and advancement, or America can resist... but China is not going to be deterred from its course by anything short of total defeat.

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      Leslie McCowen 

      4 weeks ago from Cape Cod, USA

      As of yesterday, the Russian collusion was proven. By our senate intel agency.

      As far as China, I suggest all democrats call it a republican hoax, loudly, and often.

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