As China grows into the United States’ biggest adversary in the world, the next president’s attitude toward the communist superpower will largely determine whether the century is led by the U.S. or the People’s Republic.
President Donald Trump’s opinion on the matter is clear.
Four years before an underdog election victory catapulted the business mogul into the White House, Trump was already alerting Americans about the dangers of a rising China.
“We have to get tough with China,” Trump warned in a 2012 Twitter post, “before they destroy us.”
Trump was right, but by the time he took office, the growing imbalance took a costly trade war to correct. In the weeks before COVID-19 shut down the global economy this year, China was facing the slowest growth in three decades while American industry was roaring back to life.