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Bill Reinsch quoted in Sputnik News on Chinese Americans’ support of Trump

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — With just a few days remaining until the November 8 presidential election, Trump is narrowing the gap with Clinton, according to the latest opinion polls. According to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Monday, Clinton held a five-percentage-point lead over Trump, though some other polls saw the Republican candidate ahead by 1-2 percentage points.

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Former president of the US National Foreign Trade Council William Reinsch told Sputnik that a choice between Trump and Clinton for China’s officials seems to be more of a choice between predictability and uncertainty.

“On the one hand, I think they [Chinese leaders] see Clinton as a tough adversary who has been critical of them in the past on human rights and other issues. On the other hand, I think they see Trump as an unpredictable and relatively uninformed candidate whose actions as president would be harder to predict. When faced with such a choice, governments tend to prefer predictability over uncertainty, even if they don’t particularly like the predictable choice. At least they will know what they’re getting,” Reinsch, now a fellow at the Stimson Center, suggested.

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