CCP adviser says Trump ‘tougher’ than Biden, warns return to White House may provoke a ‘confrontation’

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) would prefer President Joe Biden to remain in power, claiming if the “relatively reckless and emotional” Donald Trump recaptures the White House, it could provoke a “confrontation” with the Red Dragon.

A member of the Chinese People’s Political and Consultative Conference (CPPCC) committee, Jia Qingguo warned of the “impact” a Trump victory would have on Beijing.

“A Trump victory would have a relatively big impact on U.S.–China ties,” the academic said, according to the National Review. “Judging from his behavior during his first term and subsequent statements, his attitude and approach toward China are tougher and more unrestrained than Biden’s.”

Jia also serves as the director of Peking University’s Institute for Global Cooperation and Understanding, and, as only one of 300 members to sit on the CPPCC, “his remarks don’t necessarily represent the view of China’s top government officials,” the Review notes.

Still, the outlet states, his “remarks are noteworthy because the CPPCC is a powerful government body that connects Beijing’s united-front networks, convening party officials with Chinese elites from across society.”

“The chairman of the CPPCC is Wang Huning, the fourth-most-senior official in the party’s hierarchy, and he is considered by China analysts in the West to be Xi Jinping’s chief political theorist,” the Review adds.

While the Chinese may have viewed Trump as pragmatic in 2016, “his type of pragmatism is mostly based on outdated concepts and political self-interest,” according to Jia.

By taking a call from Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen after his November 2016 win, Trump set “a terrible precedent,” he said.

“He then said that the [U.S.’s] ‘One-China policy’ could not be granted for free, meaning that ‘you, China, still have to give me something in return,'” Jia continued. “After the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, he himself did not handle [this issue] properly and then dumped the blame on China.”

The presumptive GOP presidential nominee played up “the Taiwan issue” during his first turn in office, Jia said.

He “even made preparations for his Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to visit the island,” he stated. “If that visit had gone ahead, it would [have] inevitably led to a fierce clash between China and the U.S.”

A Trump victory in November, the adviser said, would likely lead to “severe friction and confrontation” with China.

In contrast, Jia praised Biden for his “relatively pragmatic and rational” policies toward the communist nation.

Biden would do his best to avoid a Taiwan conflict, Jia predicted, and would instead focus on how Beijing and Washington D.C. can combat climate change, address public health, and tend to “other global governance-related issues” together.

Even still, Jia said, “With Biden in office, there will still be continuous friction and quite a few conflicts between the U.S. and China.”

“He also praised the recent resumption of high-level diplomatic meetings between the U.S. and China, which culminated last November in a summit between Biden and Xi,” the National Review reports. “China should bide its time, he advised.”

“China can be a little more proactive and not get too serious with the United States on non-principled issues,” Jia said, “because the U.S. is, for now at least, still more powerful than China.”

Melissa Fine

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