US Election 2020: China WANTS Trump to win after realising surprising Beijing advantage

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A Shenzhen-based tech worker said that some Chinese people want Mr Trump to win the election because he “has shattered the US’ image as a dreamland for many people.” He told Nikkei Asia: “I think it helps Chinese people find their confidence.”

Other Chinese citizens believe Mr Trump’s re-election would lead to an exodus of China’s brightest students in the US, meaning they would return to China and enrich the country’s development.

Mr Trump’s strict visa restrictions on Chinese STEM students meant more than 1,000 Chinese students and scholars saw their applications rejected since June.

A Chinese computer science student in the US told Nikkei Asia how he was considering leaving the US after his graduation.

He said: “If Trump is re-elected and it gets more difficult to live here in terms of visas and safety, I might as well just return to China.”

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Hu Xijin, the editor-in-chief of the state newspaper Global Times, has engaged in conversation with Mr Trump defending China from some of his attacks, including when Mr Trump accused China of leading a disinformation campaign to give Mr Biden advantage.

He claimed China was hoping for his re-election as he made the US seem “hateful” for the world.

Mr Hu said: “On the contrary, Chinese netizens wish for your re-election because you can make America eccentric and thus hateful for the world.

“You help promote unity in China and also make international news as fun as comedy.”

But Donald Trump has previously asserted that China wants him to lose the election.

Speaking to Reuters last April, Mr Trump said: “China will do anything they can to have me lose this race.”

He also warned that China will “own” the US if he is not re-elected.

In August, he told radio host Hugh Hewitt: “China will own the United States if this election is lost by Donald Trump. If I don’t win the election, China will own the United States.

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“You’re going to have to learn to speak Chinese, you want to know the truth.”

Mr Trump’s combative claims about Beijing have sparked outrage in China.

In an article published on Global Times, Mr Hu also accused the US of provoking confrontation between China and neighbouring countries.

Mr Hu wrote: “Chinese people don’t want war, but we have territorial disputes with several neighbouring countries instigated by the US to confront China.

“Some of these countries believe that the US support provides them with a strategic opportunity and try to treat China outrageously.

“They believe that China, under the US’ strategic pressure, is afraid, unwilling or unable to engage in military conflict with them. Thus, they want to pull the chestnuts out of the fire.

“Considering that there is also the Taiwan question, the risk of the Chinese mainland being forced into a war has risen sharply in recent times.”

However, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian maintained that the country will not get involved in the US election.

He said: “We are not interested in the presidential election of the US and hope they will stop making China an issue in the election.”

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