China braced for lose-lose scenario as US election fuels unease

China braced for lose-lose scenario as US election fuels unease

Who would China vote for in next month’s US presidential election?

The question, though hypothetical, is of the utmost importance. US-China relations have crashed so emphatically since Donald Trump entered the White House in 2017 that analysts now routinely discuss the risk of superpower conflict.

In China’s eyes, the choice between Mr Trump and Joe Biden, his Democratic party challenger, is stark. Mr Trump is expected to continue his hawkish policies towards Beijing, but the former vice-president’s inclination towards multilateralism raises the potential for greater co-operation with China, several analysts said.

“Biden will have more platforms or channels to negotiate with China and we may see a less intense world,” said Wang Huiyao, an adviser to China’s state council or cabinet.