Joy Zhuang is well placed to judge how Chinese people might react to the next US president. She has been following the election campaign and writes a weekly column about Hillary Clinton for Globus, an international news project under Caixin Media. The topic of Clinton’s China policy is of immense interest to her readers, she says.
By contrast, although Donald Trump has also used extreme words (such as accusing China of ‘raping’ the US in trade) and has vowed to impose 45 per cent tax on Chinese imported goods, his threat to scale back US protection to its allies if they don’t pay more might be more welcome in Beijing, said Sun Yun, a Chinese researcher at the Stimson Centre think tank in Washington D.C.
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