November 4, 2016: With just Election Day knocking at the door, both Presidential candidates- Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are putting all their blood and sweat to sway the remaining few independent and undecided voters to their respective sides. American citizens are waiting for the results and so are the leaders all around the globe. Many of the relationships will be greatly affected by the election’s result, mentioned AFP report.
According to the AFF report, for the Chinese government, Clinton’s comprehensible foreign policy is a better option than the unpredictable nature of Donald Trump. However, it doesn’t matter who wins the elections, the elections have given China hilarity as they questioned the basic building blocks upon which the democracy of America is built.
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“The innumerable scandals, rumours, conspiracy theories and obscenities make it impossible for a person to look away,” the official Xinhua news service wrote in a commentary last week.
Just ahead of this year’s elections, the journalists of China were given strict instructions to write stories that made American politics look bad.
A reporter at a major state-run media organisation spoke to AFP on the condition of anonymity. He said that he was worried he would have a hard time finding sufficiently damning material. It turns out that his doubts were unfounded.
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The competition between the candidates has shown the ugliest face of democracy.
A main state-run newspaper of China wrote: “The endless stream of scandals surrounding both main candidates showed the United States had no right to lecture others on democracy.” These newspapers did not have to make much effort to make the argument. They just took a long list of quotes like “ugly”, “tacky”, “ear-splitting” from the prominent American newspapers.
A leaked political memo from 2013, known as Document Number 9, listed “Western constitutional democracy” and its values, including media independence, as top threats to the Chinese Communist Party’s rule. The ruling Communist Party’s official People’s Daily termed the US Elections “chaos” and criticised the “big mouth” Donald Trump’s tax related issues, mentioned AFP.
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In a survey conducted last month, 37 percent of the respondents of China supported Hillary Clinton, while just 22 percent were in favour of Donald Trump.
Many people believe that Clinton would work on issues like human rights and military affairs while Trump’s policies will be harmful to the trade.
Jeremy Goldkorn, a China media commentator, pointed out that the election was “a difficult balancing act for Chinese propagandists”. “Even if one of the candidates is a clown, it does not escape Chinese people that American citizens have an admirable involvement in the way their country is run,” he told AFP.
“For China, they both have advantages and disadvantages,” Xu Tiebing, an expert on US politics at the Communication University of China told AFP. Clinton is closer to a “traditional politician”, he said, making her more predictable, while Trump’s “thinking is harder to anticipate”.
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Clinton might take a tough approach towards global affairs, but Chinese officials realise that her policy can be predicted and dealt with. Trump, on the other hand, has never defended any relationship between US and China other than trade deals. Trump is more capable of catalysing conflict than promoting cooperation.
Hillary has been tough towards China ever since the 1995 United Nations’ World Conference on Women in Beijing. She has often interfered in the relations between the countries.
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But, some of the Chinese people believe that Democratic president would not be supportive to China. They don’t like Democratic Party as previous presidents have been interfering in the internal affairs of China.
Also, many Chinese people are in favour of the Isolationist foreign policy of Donald Trump. They believe that Trump will take a practical approach towards China.
Now, all we can do is wait until November 8, tuesday, to see the track where the US-China relationship is headed after the next American president is elected.
– Prepared by Diksha Arya of NewsGram. Twitter: @diksha_arya53