Joe Biden set to carve own brand of tough-on-China policy if elected

His team is privately acknowledging that they expect the issue to be a focus during the first debate in Cleveland, Ohio, according to a person familiar with their planning. Over the past week, Biden advisers have honed in on questions about the world’s second largest economy – anticipating attacks from President Donald Trump on the former vice president’s record of dealing with Beijing.

If he beats Trump, Biden will need to decide whether to scrap, keep or escalate the billions in tariffs levied against Chinese imports, and whether to stick to or renegotiate the partial trade deal Trump signed in January.

He’d have to determine if his administration continues the sanctions imposed on Chinese officials for their crackdown on human rights in Hong Kong and the western region of Xinjiang and possibly expand those sanctions further.

Biden would also inherit a litany of restrictions to cut off Chinese technology companies’

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Biden Set to Carve Own Brand of Tough-on-China Policy If Elected

(Bloomberg) — Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is preparing to face tough questions in Tuesday’s debate on how he would approach China if he wins the White House in November.



Joe Biden wearing a suit and tie: Former Vice President Joe Biden, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, speaks during a campaign event in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020.


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Former Vice President Joe Biden, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, speaks during a campaign event in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020.

His team is privately acknowledging that they expect the issue to be a focus during the first debate in Cleveland, Ohio, according to a person familiar with their planning. Over the past week, Biden advisers have honed in on questions about the world’s second largest economy – anticipating attacks from President Donald Trump on the former vice president’s record of dealing with Beijing.

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If he beats Trump, Biden will need to decide whether to scrap, keep or escalate the billions in tariffs levied against Chinese imports, and whether to stick to or renegotiate

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