June 12, 2019

The Finance 202: China becomes early 2020 flashpoint as Trump and Biden trade blows

Featuring Ely Ratner

Source: The Washington Post

Journalist Tory Newmyer

Joe Biden is getting tougher on China. Whether voters think it's tough enough could shape the direction of the 2020 race.

The former vice president, leading early polling for the Democratic presidential nomination, appeared to pivot Wednesday from a dismissive attitude he’d staked out just last month to a more confrontational posture toward the rising superpower.

But some China hawks argue Biden’s hardened stance still reads as accommodating compared to President Trump’s tariff-backed bid to force structural economic changes in China. That creates a contrast for blue-collar voters in Midwestern states that Biden has said he is uniquely positioned to recapture.

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Authors

  • Ely Ratner

    Executive Vice President and Director of Studies

    Ely Ratner is the Executive Vice President and Director of Studies at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), where he is a member of the executive team and responsible...