President Trump is preparing for the repression of human rights and trade in China over the next two months in an attempt to force President-elect Joe Biden to take a firm stance after taking office on January 20.
A senior Trump administration official told The Post that “in the coming weeks, the Trump administration will continue to expand the depth and breadth of the historic action it has taken over the past four years to protect the vital interests of the United States and its allies. counteracting Beijing’s predatory and coercive behavior. “
In 2018, Trump launched a targeted trade war with China – over Biden’s criticism – to impose concessions in favor of US companies, and Trump signed sanctions bills this year for lifting Hong Kong̵
The administration official said that “the planned actions include protecting American technology from [Chinese military] exploitation, countering illegal, unreported, unregulated (IUU) fishing and additional sanctions against [Chinese Communist Party] officials or institutions causing harm in Xinjiang and Hong Kong. “
Initially, Trump developed a warm relationship with Chinese President Xi Jinping, receiving him in 2017 in his resort of Mar-a-Lago. But the relationship has broken down with Trump’s widespread trade war, and this year Trump has repeatedly accused China of allowing the COVID-19 pandemic to occur, calling it a “Chinese virus” and accusing the communist nation of trying to cover it up instead of coping. containing the virus in its early stages.
During the presidential campaign, Trump stressed Biden’s advocacy for China’s accession to World Trade Organization in 2001 and said China would “own” the United States if Biden won because of his son Hunter Biden’s business deals.
John Uliot, a spokesman for the White House National Security Council, said: “President Trump has absolutely changed the game when it comes to taking strong action against the Chinese Communist Party over the past four years and reaching a bipartisan and international consensus on the need to oppose Beijing’s harmful policies. “
The planned actions against China were reported for the first time on Sunday by Axios.