The nation at the center of the US foreign policy debate ahead of a polarizing presidential election simply wants to be left out.
China is the world’s largest country by population and the second largest economy – first by some measures – but relations with the United States have deteriorated in recent years as Republicans and Democrats have rethought Washington’s strategy toward Beijing.
During Thursday’s final presidential debate, the two candidates filmed the People’s Republic, whose airy President Donald Trump called “dirty” – alongside that of India and Russia – during a climate exchange exchange with former Vice President Joe Biden.
The remark soon reached Beijing, where Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijiang dismissed Trump̵
He then called on both candidates to leave China out of their politically charged parties.
“We are not interested in the US presidential election and we hope that it will stop making China a problem in the election,” Zhao said.
Contrary to Zhao’s hopes, however, US-China relations were a major issue at the start of the election, which comes in a year in which the globe was engulfed in the COVID-19 pandemic, a coronavirus disease first observed in Wuhan, China.
China has largely brought the disease under control, but cases continue to rise in areas around the world, including parts of the United States, leading to more than 220,000 deaths worldwide, about 70,000 more than the second largest in Brazil. , over 100,000 more than third place in India and more than twice as much as any other country in the world.
Trump, who recently recovered from COVID-19, began blaming China for what he calls the “plague.”
“It’s not my fault he came here. It’s China’s fault,” Trump said Thursday. “And you know what? It’s not Joe’s fault that he came here too. It’s China’s fault. For the most part, they prevented him from entering the rest of China, but they didn’t stop him from coming out into the world.” , including Europe and ourselves. “
Trump received a loan to reduce travel from China in late January, a decision he said was made despite opposition from Biden. The former vice president, the president said, accused Trump of “xenophobia” at the time, although he said it was not a direct response to the travel ban.
Both men accused China of potentially trying to interfere in the election, an opinion backed by Trump’s national security adviser, Robert O’Brien, and his counterintelligence chief, William Evanina.
Earlier, Zhao denied such allegations.
“China does not export ideology, does not interfere in the internal affairs of other countries, does not seek to change the systems of others or does not intend to have an ideological confrontation with the United States or any other country,” Zhao told a news conference Thursday. . “We act according to our words.”
He called on his American counterparts to make a similar promise not to interfere.
One of the regions where Washington and Beijing’s deteriorating ties are most visible is the South China Sea. Here, China has made huge maritime claims, contested by the United States, and increasingly under the Trump administration.
Trump and Biden, who both met with Chinese President Xi Jinping, tried to look tougher on top of the American rival.
“We are in a situation where China will have to play by the rules and internationally,” Biden said. “When I met Xi and when I was still vice president, he said we were creating air identification zones in the South China Sea. You can’t fly through them. I said we would fly through them. We just had bombers flying through it. B-52, B-1 “.
Biden suggested that Trump was soft on “bandits” like Xi, Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un.
Trump has said he has forced China to pay billions to reduce the trade deficit and target alleged Chinese trade abuses.
Sometimes the debate over China deviated from foreign policy and became personal, and Trump claimed that Biden’s son, Hunter, “came out of China with a billion and a half dollars” because of a 2013 business deal.
Last year, Trump called on China to investigate the Biden family’s relationship there, a request rejected by Beijing.
Also in 2013, Trump opened a corporate account in China, according to a report released Wednesday by New York Times. Biden opposed the far-reaching Trump regime on Thursday, saying “the only person who has made money from China is this guy” with regard to Trump.
Back in Beijing, Xi seems to have noted the firm consensus that has emerged from Washington.
The Chinese leader delivered a fiery speech to mark the 70th anniversary of the People’s Liberation Army’s entry in support of North Korean forces against the United States, South Korea and UN allies during the Korean War.
“The Chinese people will not cause trouble, nor are we afraid of it, and regardless of the difficulties or challenges we face, our legs will not shake and our backs will not bend,” Xi said.
He warned that any enemy taking over China would be “beaten” – “no matter how powerful they were before.”
The above graphic is provided by Statistician.