Analysis: Trump accused China of winning the election. Will he support Australia's investigation of the new crown virus?
From the beginning of the spread of the new crown virus in the United States, Trump has continued to shake the pot. He blamed the WHO, the governor, the media, but not China. Trump even praised Xi Jinping in public.
Three months later, 3 people in the United States died of the new crown, and nearly one in ten people sought unemployment relief. Faced with a decline in polls, Trump changed his normal. In an interview with Reuters, he accused China of being responsible for the new crown and hinted that because the Democratic Party assumed that candidate Joe Biden would not take tough measures against trade, China did not want Trump to be re-elected, so he deliberately misled the United States in its response to the new crown.
"China did everything possible to make me lose the election," he said. "They have been using public relations to clean up themselves."
Perhaps these comments are just diversion tricks or a catharsis of personal frustration, but Trump’s changes in tone are likely to lead to policy changes, including working with Australia to advance the investigation of China.
[The United States is considering revenge against China]
In the face of comments, China responded that it was “not interested” in the internal affairs of the United States, and the United States should “focus on curbing the spread of the epidemic within the country”. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said, "For some time, some American politicians have ignored the facts and made others the scapegoat for their defeat in the fight against the epidemic."
Trump said he is actively considering retaliatory measures against China, but did not elaborate. "I can do many things," he said, "we will wait and see."
Robert Spalding, a senior researcher on Sino-US relations at the Hudson Institute, said that this feels more like the United States’ desire to strengthen defenses against Chinese power, rather than an unexpected policy change. "No matter what happens in 2020, we will see the measures against China continue to advance."
According to the Washington Post, the US government is discussing how to retaliate against the Chinese government for concealing information. The discussion included the implementation of new tariffs, the erasure of debts to China, and the deprivation of its "sovereign immunity". This means that the US government can sue the Chinese government for billions of dollars in economic compensation.
[PompeoAdvance an independent investigation with Australia]
Although Trump is willing to investigate the origin of the virus and is also eager to participate in the condemnation of China's failure to contain the spread of the virus, he did not explicitly support independent investigations into the origin of the epidemic. In fact, it was global decision-making that caused the virus to spread around the world.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison led the investigation proposal, which drew strong opposition from Chinese leaders, calling the move a political gimmick.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo seems to support the Australian government’s motion, urging all countries to "explain all that happened." "Which country does not want to investigate this matter," he asked, while also criticizing the Chinese government for seemingly retaliating against the investigation by economic sanctions.
Scott Morrison's proposal is still in its infancy, and it is unclear whether Pompeo supports a global investigation or only targets China. According to reports, some leaders do not want to irritate China, especially for the manufacture and distribution of important medical products such as ventilators and masks, and rely on China. The United States has to rely on China in this regard. Of course, there are other reasons for Trump's hesitation in Morrison's motion.
The US's intervention unexpectedly will also be subject to scrutiny. Trump said at a press conference, "Infection testing, masks, and all the problems we deal with quickly." "No country has done better than us, and we are very proud." Because the president tried his best to find the US economy down. For external reasons, it may be too early to see internal examination and reflection.
[Trump furious over recent polls]
All this has important background. A new round of polls shows that Trump lags behind Biden in any indicator. The former president outlined Trump's weakness towards China in a campaign ad, and polls showed that the American public's attitude towards China is at a historically low level.
Both the Trump campaign and the Republican Party are keen to capitalize on anti-China sentiment. Condemning China for economic losses is in line with the doctrine that made the United States strong again.
The Trump team recently accused China of "liing" to the virus in a fundraising email. He not only blamed China for the US economic disaster, but also condemned China for actively using the virus to make him lose the election.
This is not the first time Trump has accused others of the polls. According to reports, he suddenly became angry with the team, saying that the data was falsified and angered specific personnel. Trump has threatened to sue campaign manager Brad Parscale. Parscale responded, "I love you too."
Parscale may not be shaken by the accusations, but world diplomacy is not necessarily.
- pointing fingers
- be fuming about
- in disregard of the facts
- a political stunt
- peddling the new narrative