Reading the Soy Leaves: What Soybean Imports Say about China's 2020 Election Preferences

26 Oct 2020

(China Resource Risks) Which candidate do Chinese leaders hope will win the 2020 U.S. presidential election: Donald Trump or Joe Biden? According to the U.S. Directorate for National Intelligence, the Chinese government would prefer that "Trump... not win reelection" because of his unpredictability and tough policies toward Beijing.

But Chinese experts disagree over which candidate would be better for their country. Yan Xuetong, Dean of the School of International Relations at Tsinghua University and a prominent foreign policy expert, sees Trump's global retreat and weakening of U.S. alliances as constituting the best strategic opportunity for China since the end of the Cold War. Yan noted that a Trump victory would be preferable "because he definitely will damage the U.S. more than Biden," thereby improving China's position in the U.S.-China balance of power[...]

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