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"With both hands, Xi Jinping votes Donald Trump"

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Chronic. It's almost a tradition of the Chinese Communist Party: we vote republican in the american election. Not only to honor the memory of President Richard Nixon (1913-1994) who normalized the relations of the United States with China of Mao. Not just because Republicans have traditionally been less of a lesson-taker than Democrats in human rights. They would be more realistic in foreign policy in general, but also and above all closer to "big business", two considerations which delight Chinese Communists.

Tuesday, November 3, 2020 will do the same again. The CCP wishes the outgoing president to win. With both hands, Xi Jinping votes for Donald Trump. Certainly, he is the first American president to wage a trade war against China. His predecessor, Democrat Barack Obama, wanted to "contain" the expansion of the second world power. Trump confronts him head-on with tariffs – exposing, among other things, China’s unfair commercial mores and its behavior as a digital pirate.

But, apart from the fact that this attitude of confrontation with China is largely bipartisan in Washington, shared by both Democrats and Republicans, the Trump way has not brought much benefit to the United States. The Chinese countered blow for blow, tariff for tariff. Washington and Beijing, both in difficult economic times, had to conclude a temporary ceasefire in January. Admittedly, again, Trump and his camp have chosen to run a hysterically anti-Chinese campaign: everything is Beijing's fault, starting with the crisis due to the new coronavirus accused of having weighed on the American economy whose dynamism was the main electoral argument from the Republican Trump.

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"The Chinese manipulated the American"

But, in the eyes of the Chinese, the outgoing president has two major qualities: inconsistency and incompetence. Receiving Trump in November 2017 in Beijing, in imperial splendor and with particular attentions, Xi Jinping worked his interlocutor on the most sensitive point: the ego, a huge ego. An ego that atrophies intelligence and stifles vigilance, an ego that flourished in Beijing like a lotus flower in one of the water bodies of the Forbidden City. "The Chinese manipulated the American"said an observer. Xi flattered Trump, who has not recovered and seems to dedicate eternal gratitude to the Son of Heaven, the emperor in Chinese tradition.

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