2020 US presidential election

2020 US presidential election

Democrats fight, first among themselves, to prevent Donald Trump from being elected US president again.

Trump and Biden both vow to reduce reliance on China, but methods will be ‘night and day’
In his Mexico City office, while the coronavirus pandemic has raged, Samuel Campos’s phone has been ringing off the hook with firms looking to move their manufacturing to Mexico. “Since the trade deal this year, I think our volume is up around 30% to 40%,” said Campos, managing director at commercial real estate advisory firm Newmark Knight Frank, pointing to the revamped US-Mexico-Canada Agreement that went into effect in July. The callers used to be mainly European and American, looking to escape China to avoid trade war tariffs or to be closer to their consumer markets. But in recent months, Chinese firms have been calling too – all keen on managing the costs and volatility that come with
US presidential election: China, Trump and red lines on Taiwan
For Beijing, there is one very clear red line on Taiwan. If the self-ruled island moves toward independence, Beijing has said that it would be justified in “reunifying” Taiwan with the mainland by force, a position it spelt out 15 years ago in its Anti-Secession Law. Despite dramatic lows and opposing stands in their relationship, both sides of the Taiwan Strait have so far managed to avoid crossing that line and engaging in a direct confrontation. But in the last few months, in the lead-up to the US presidential election, Washington has tried to capitalize on anti-China sentiment by offering strong support for the island. Beijing has branded the actions “US provocations” and promised to def
Who does China want to be the next US president?
While Joe Biden’s campaign is pitching American voters a “return to normalcy” after the Trump era, few expect the same when it comes to US- China relations. While the former vice-president is currently ahead in the polls, many pundits expect the race to tighten. China is likely to become one of the key foreign policy areas where the two candidates look to gain an edge by exploiting their rival’s perceived vulnerabilities. Both Donald Trump and Biden once bragged about their connection to Chinese President Xi Jinping, but have markedly shifted their stance in the past few months, sparring fiercely over who will be tougher on the Communist Party. With the future hanging in the balance, Beijing
Joe Biden vows to end US reliance on Chinese medical equipment
American Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Thursday vowed to end the United States’ reliance on China and other countries for medical equipment should he be elected. The outcome of the November election could alter the future of US-China relations, which have deteriorated under the Trump administration, although analysts say Washington’s skepticism of Beijing will likely continue under a Biden presidency. Biden also accused President Donald Trump of failing to acknowledge the gravity of the coronavirus pandemic and putting his own interests before those of the American people. Addressing the Democratic Party convention to formally accept his nomination, Biden accused Trump of “coz
Don’t expect US-China relations to improve under a President Biden
As the US heads toward its November elections, Republicans and Democrats are pitching two distinct visions of America. Except when it comes to China. The proposed 90-page Democratic Party platform contains passages that echo some of the rhetoric that has defined the attacks on China made by President Donald Trump’s administration even as it criticizes the “reckless” trade war it started with China more than two years ago. The Democratic platform, crafted as a statement of the agenda of the party and its presidential nominee, Joe Biden, “lambasts the Trump administration’s handling of China in all issue arenas: trade, human rights, national security, public health and so on,” said Allen Carls
Beijing says it’s not trying to unseat America as superpower
Beijing has issued its most detailed response to date to Washington’s increasingly assertive approach to countering China’s rising global influence. Days after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo vowed to confront what he called Chinese Communist Party’s “designs for hegemony,” his Chinese counterpart, Foreign Minister Wang Yi, said Beijing has no intention of unseating the United States as a superpower. “Today’s China is not the former Soviet Union. We have no intention of becoming another United States. China does not export ideology and never interferes in other countries’ internal affairs,” Wang told state news agency Xinhua in an interview on Wednesday. Wang’s remarks were Beijing’s firs
Pro-Trump ad mistakes Taiwanese airline for China’s
The latest pro-Trump TV ads aim to depict the leading Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden as being a friend of China’s – except they get “China” wrong at one point.  The ad campaign, funded by America First Action, a super PAC supporting President Donald Trump’s re-election, accuses Biden of supporting China’s rise at the expense of Americans. "Travel Ban." pic.twitter.com/mmPrj6FbIS — America First Ads (@AmericaFirstAds) May 1, 2020 In one part of the advertisement, the narrator claims that Biden “failed to support the China travel ban to stop the coronavirus,” while a China Airlines plane is shown taking off next to a darkened picture of the former vice president. China Airlines, h
Trump and Biden talk tough on China. Can they afford to walk the walk?
US presidential candidates are trying to win support by advocating for a hawkish stance toward Beijing, but they may need to think twice about the anti-China rhetoric due to the need to restore an economy devastated by the coronavirus pandemic.  As President Donald Trump and his presumptive Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, compete to portray themselves as being the toughest on Beijing, the only factor that will prevent a complete diplomatic severance, former government officials and experts said, will be the economy. US media reported on Thursday that the Trump administration was pursuing conspiracy theories about the coronavirus’ origins, and was formulating a raft of measures to hold Chin
Trump under pressure to step up virus response as US reports first community spread
With the US on a razor’s edge expecting what health authorities call an “inevitable” coronavirus outbreak in America, Democrats have criticized President Donald Trump’s response to the global epidemic.  The question of how Washington should handle the spread of the virus gained urgency on Wednesday after the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it might have recorded the first case of community transmission in the US. The patient, in California, is one of the 60 confirmed cases in the US and the first whose source of infection is unknown.  Reports of possible community spread of the new coronavirus in the US came a day after Democratic presidential hopefuls questioned whether t