Trump coronavirus diagnosis means tougher US line on China, analysts say

Trump coronavirus diagnosis means tougher US line on China, analysts say

  • Positive test result will be used as justification for the US president to use harder China-bashing tactics, observers say
  • News becomes top trending topic on Chinese social media

US President Donald Trump’s coronavirus infection adds greater uncertainty to the presidential election and is likely to push him to take an even tougher line on China, mainland Chinese observers said.

The assessment came after Trump announced early on Friday that he and his wife tested positive for the pathogen, an extraordinary development that followed a positive test result for Hope Hicks, a close aide who travelled with the couple.

The diagnoses also come more than six months into a global pandemic and in the final stretch of a US presidential election race in which Trump has been accused of flouting expert advice on preventing the disease’s spread.

The coronavirus has already killed more than 200,000 Americans and more than 1 million people worldwide.