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Donald Trump or Joe Biden, Whoever Wins the Election, China Loses

November 2, 2020

Both have promised to take tough measures on the communist country.


There will be at least one good outcome of Election Day: Whoever wins, communist China will lose.

Whether it’s Joe Biden or Donald Trump, the next president of the United States will likely take a hard line on China. Both candidates have staked out claims to have the tougher policy. This competition is good for American interests — China is the greatest threat to America’s security, economy and values — and while it should have happened years ago, it’s better late than never.

How did this bipartisan unity come about? Much of the credit goes to the American people. While the political class has spent the better part of four decades cozying up to China and expanding diplomatic, economic and cultural ties, Americans have maintained a steady hostility toward the world’s communist standard-bearer. With rare exceptions, public opinion has been unfavorable toward Beijing for 30 years straight. Following the coronavirus pandemic and the Chinese crackdown on Hong Kong, that opposition has reached a record, with two-thirds of Americansnow holding an unfavorable view of China.

At the time of publishing, Marion Smith was executive director of Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation.

Originally published in USA Today.

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