The Chinese Communist Party has dealt a blow to President Donald Trump, who this year lost several “Rust Belt” states he won in 2016, and claimed in several government media reports that his continuing trade war with China is to blame.
Several government publications in Beijing continue to openly mock Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for tightening trade sanctions, which they say are aimed at improving the “balance” of U.S. interests in the global marketplace. Pompeo announced on Monday a tightening of sanctions against China over human rights abuses in Hong Kong, prompting the authorities to ridicule Trump’s election loss to Democratic candidate Joe Biden last week. The Global Times said on Monday that Trump had lost producing and agrarian states such as Pennsylvania and Wisconsin because his “roaring nationalism” excluded Americans from world trade.
“Four years ago Trump won in the ‘Rust Belt States’ of Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. Given the logic of the trade war started by the US, Trump should have won more. But this year he lost them all,” wrote the state editors of the Global Times.
“It is hoped that Joe Biden will approach the Chinese-American competition with a pragmatic attitude. China also attaches great importance to a ‘US threat’, but even in the most difficult times we focus on ‘being good in our own business’. The West often accuses China of fanning the flames of nationalism. But when have the Chinese people ever used roaring nationalism to replace efforts to solve their own problems,” continued the Beijing representative.
Biden, like much of Washington, has changed his pro-engagement stance toward China since his term as vice president, criticizing Xi Jinping as a “thug” instead. Despite Trump’s assertion during the election campaign that Biden would be “soft” on China, Biden’s platform seeks to shift from tariffs and arms sales to the promotion of alliances and human rights.
Bloomberg financial journalist Tracy Alloway on Monday announced a chart showing that the yuan, China’s currency, rose to a two-year high on the first day of trading after Biden was predicted by major news agencies to win the election. “Wouldn’t it be ironic if the market’s reaction to Joe Biden’s victory ended up doing more to boost US exports than Trump did in four years of an explicit trade war with China?
The chief editor of the Chinese state media, Hu Xijin, showed a video shortly before the elections in the U.S. in which American companies open up because of concerns about post-election unrest. Hu said this was “usually a complication of elections in poor countries.
Hu, a frequent critic of the Trump administration, was immediately rebuked by many who see Beijing’s implementation of Hong Kong’s national security laws as a far more pressing problem.
Wouldn’t it be ironic if the market’s reaction to Joe Biden’s victory ended up doing more to boost U.S. exports than Trump achieved in the four years of an explicit trade war with China?https://t.co/Zqdrm3teOc pic.twitter.com/yJY5ebkhRo
– Tracy Alloway (@tracyalloway) November 9, 2020
Hillel Neuer, executive director of U.N. Watch, responded to the editor-in-chief of the Global Times by tweeting: “They don’t even have elections.
Another state-run newspaper of the Chinese Communist Party, the China Daily, called on President-elect Biden to “revive the trade talks” and work to “restore some understanding and trust in China-US relations. But this conciliatory tone was not shared by the state-run newspaper The People’s Daily, which literally laughed at Trump after the US president tweeted the false claim on Saturday that he had won the election “by a wide margin”. In response, the state newspaper “HaHa” remarked and added a laughing emoji.
Terry Branstad, who served as U.S. ambassador to the People’s Republic of China for three years, blamed China for the coronavirus pandemic before leaving the envoy post in September. Pompeo thanked Branstad, who left to work for the Trump 2020 re-election campaign, and said he was working to “rebalance U.S.-China relations so that they are results-oriented, reciprocal and fair.
Washington Newsday turned to the Chinese Embassy in Washington on Monday night for additional comments on the Trump