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WILL  AMERICAN  VOTERS  MAKE CHINA HAPPY BY UNSEATING TRUMP ?

By N.S.Venkataraman
President Trump tried to apply a brake on China’s unchallenged strategies to dominate the world and his work is still in progress. However, China has already felt the intensity of  the war of attrition in the trade and other front launched by President Trump and  would want  President Trump to be defeated in the Presidential poll. This would be  in China’s interest.  Chinese government, known for it’s unethical strategies, will go to any extent to influence the American voters against President Trump.
President of  the USA and China. Photo Courtesy: CNN

China is one country which is extremely interested in the outcome of the forthcoming Presidential election in  the USA and must be hoping against hope that President Trump would be unseated.

Until  the time that Trump assumed office as President of  the USA, China had a nearly smooth run  towards  achieving it’s goal  of becoming  a  global superpower.

Certainly, President Trump tried to apply a brake on China’s unchallenged strategies to dominate the world and his work is still in progress. However, China has already felt the intensity of  the war of attrition in the trade and other front launched by President Trump and  would want  President Trump to be defeated in the Presidential poll. This would be  in China’s interest.  Chinese government, known for it’s unethical strategies, will go to any extent to influence the American voters against President Trump.

It is widely reported that some leading  media houses in the USA have earned large revenue from China in various ways such as by way of advertisement, sponsored articles etc.   It is becoming increasingly obvious  that  media has tend to become more business oriented than service oriented

In such circumstances, one cannot miss the fact that for the last four years, sections of American media and  “think tanks” have been critical about every pronouncement and policy decision of President Trump .

This approach of the  section of  the media is bound to make Chinese government happy and  strengthen it’s hopes that Trump would be defeated in the Presidential poll.

If one would take an  overall   comparative view of President Trump’s four year governance with the earlier eight year governance of President Obama, it would become clear that  there is no reason to think that President Obama’s administration was any way better than  that of Trump ,based on a study of  the scenario in a holistic manner.

The COVID 19 disaster has certainly given a handy tool for critics of Trump to browbeat him. The question is whether  President  Obama could have handled the COVID 19 crisis in any way better than President Trump. This is unlikely ,since the options  before the US President and the US government in dealing with the crisis are  very limited.

The ground reality  is that when COVID 19 started in Wuhan in China and China did not forewarn the world about the severity of the virus and W H O  either protected China’s stand or was itself ignorant of the seriousness of  matter, and when the virus spread across the world, the entire world was caught unaware.

Even today, there  are  differences  of views amongst the scientists, medical researchers and doctors about the appropriate treatment  for the virus ,with no proven drug or vaccine  being available.  Therefore,  with no clue  and facing a desperate situation , it was suggested that mask should be worn, hands should be cleaned frequently etc. Some scientists said that the virus would go away with the onset of  the hot season but  it did not happen that way. Some scientists have said that the virus is airborne and therefore, the social distancing will not help. Some even said that a mask is not the sure  way to block the spread of virus.

Even as the research efforts to develop  appropriate vaccine are  underway in several countries , scientists started examining whether existing drugs could be used. This is how hydroxy chloroquine tablet was suggested by some scientists. When President Trump suggested hydroxy chloroquine drug , he was ridiculed by the media and the critics , even as some scientists supported the  use of hydroxychloroquine  drug. So many other existing drugs are now being tried.   Meanwhile, traditional medicines are suggested by several sources.  What President Trump can do under the circumstances?

It is said that President Trump did not take this crisis seriously at the early stage in the month of February,2020 .  He said  that  the  virus crisis would go away soon  and America would remain protected, based on the observations of several sources.   Trump thought  that wearing a mask may not be necessary and some  people in the  USA and elsewhere were highly critical about the suggestion to wear a mask. There were even public demonstrations.

Even while sections of  the media and critics use America’s COVID 19 crisis as a trump card to unseat President Trump, the thinking Americans should examine whether any other American  President  would have done better.

The central theme of Trump’s campaign before the last election was “America first”.  Obviously, this means that unchecked immigration to America has to  be stopped  and American investment  going to China has to be curtailed. This  also means that China is  exploiting the American market by dumping goods and taking away American technologies  to China by clever and , sometimes, by dubious  strategies , have to be put to an end.  This is what President Trump has been trying to do.

Obviously, China would think that President Trump getting  one more term would halt China’s march towards global super power status decisively.

Several pollsters in recent times have said that President Trump would lose the election and China must be extremely happy about such a forecast.

It  remains  to be seen  whether American voters would please China by unseating President  Trump.

Certainly, Trump has been the first President  of  the USA to attempt to stop China’s greed for territorial expansion and  economic domination of the world.

The American voters   should not forget that President Obama did nothing to stop China’s ambitious goal plans and even went out of the way to keep China in good humour. One glaring example is that President Obama received the Tibetan leader the Dalai Lama through the back door of the White House , so that China would not be displeased.

N. S. Venkataraman is a trustee with the "Nandini Voice for the Deprived," a not-for-profit organization that aims to highlight the problems of downtrodden and deprived people and support their cause.

Published Date: Monday, August 10th, 2020 | 04:32 AM

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