China is contentious topic for US Senate and Congress candidates

China is contentious topic for US Senate and Congress candidates

Besides the presidential election, candidates running for Senate and Congressional seats are using “tough on China” rhetoric to try to score political points.

In the 2020 US election, China has become an issue not just in the presidential race but also at the state and local levels.

As President Donald Trump and former vice-president Joe Biden have sparred over who would be tougher against Beijing, candidates up and down the ballot have campaigned on concerns about China and Chinese influence.

From Trump strongholds Montana and Georgia to swing states like Florida and Pennsylvania, candidates have sought to one-up their opponents with talking points such as Beijing’s culpability in the coronavirus pandemic, the US trade imbalance with China, and Chinese influence and interference in the United States.