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Trump’s China Trap on Trade Is Biden’s as Well

A Tesla dealership in Shanghai.

A Tesla dealership in Shanghai.

Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

The big geopolitical policy battle of the 2020 U.S. presidential election is one over which side is going to be tougher on China as the relationship between the world’s two largest economies enters a new combative chapter.

President Donald Trump and his backers argue he is the first American president to have taught Beijing an important lesson about U.S. power. Joe Biden and his team will tell you that Trump has alienated allies, prosecuted his trade war petulantly, and that it is time for a more strategic approach to a rising China.