Fraying U.S.-China Relations Tested by Trump Ahead of Election

Bloomberg News August 17, 2020, 4:00 AM GMT+7 Updated on 

  •  Tensions rise as president highlights tough-on-China stances
  •  Topics range from TikTok to Taiwan jet sales to Hong Kong

The almost daily drumbeat of tensions between the U.S. and China shows little sign of letting up, while touching on everything from the coronavirus to trade to defense issues to monetary policy.

President Donald Trump has made his tough positions on China a key element in the lead-up to the U.S. presidential election, now less than three months away, and he seems intent on keeping the pressure on.

Tensions have been mounting since the Covid-19 pandemic spread across the globe early this year. Barely a day goes by without Trump slamming what he calls a “plague” unleashed on the world by China in press briefings, Twitter and elsewhere.

President Trump Holds News Conference In Brady Press Briefing Room
Donald Trump speaks on Aug. 14.Photographer: Kevin Dietsch/UPI/Bloomberg

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