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Next China: Is Trump Still in the White House?

U.S. President Donald Trump gestures while boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20.

U.S. President Donald Trump gestures while boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20.

Photographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg

There were many in Beijing who hoped President Joe Biden’s election might pave the way for a reset in China’s relationship with America. That optimism is increasingly in short supply.

Displacing it has been a creeping suspicion that Biden may ultimately adopt much the same approach former President Donald Trump pursued. The acrimony on display in Alaska last month did much to stoke such conjecture. This week provided even more fuel.