China starred as America's global adversary at the Republican National Convention this week, with four nights of speeches and events. A central narrative was which party was tougher on China, with a strong emphasis on Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden's poor record on U.S.-China relations. Senator Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee characterized Biden as being "soft" on China, and blamed China for failing to control the coronavirus during the virus's early stages; while Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas claimed that Beijing was "rooting for Joe Biden."
Chinese human rights activist Chen Guangcheng made an unlikely appearance at the event, issuing strong condemnation of China as well as Joe Biden's policy approach. In his speech, Chen called the Chinese Communist Party an "enemy of humanity," and labeled the Democrats' China platform a "policy of appeasement" that has "allowed the CCP to infiltrate and corrode different aspects of the global community." Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also highlighted the administration's strong stance on China, and applauded President Trump for pulling "back the curtain on the predatory aggression of the Chinese Communist Party."
As President Donald Trump prepares to battle Joe Biden at the polls this coming November, China has become a centerpiece in Trump's reelection plan. While being seen as "tough on China" is vital for the incumbent president, former Vice President Biden's stance on China is not as clearly defined. Read more in "Inside Biden's China Policy", from Yang Wenjing, Chief of U.S. Foreign Policy at the Institute of Contemporary International Relations.
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