Why China-Bashing Dominates U.S. Elections?

It isn’t the first time that China has been involved in the heated conversation in US Presidential elections. For many years, it has been linked to the US during the election times. All the three presidential debates between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama made no exceptions.

During the 1st presidential debate, Mitt Romney described China, not once, but 3 times in response to domestic economy and trade, touting that the US should surpass China in sales and not balance deficits and expenses through Chinese loans. In the 2nd debate, Barack Obama claimed that the United States couldn’t fall behind Chinese slow growth of new energy, accusing his challenger, Mitt Romney of investing in the firm that produces components for China to track American citizens.

In the third debate that focused on the foreign policy again brought China in picture and how to manage with difficulties brought by China’s growth became a separate debate topic. Both have blamed China for the high unemployment rate and weak economy in the US.

All the presidential contenders have argued over China and took a strong stance in past thirty years. Nevertheless, how strong they are, the China bashing statements in the elections are silly. Regardless of who wins the battle, every US president exceptionally gives a significant importance to the US-China relationship. China bashing in other word is a topic that attracts voter’s attention. Repetition of the topic signifies that the dramatic elements of foreign relations in the election campaigns and debate. Hence, political forecasters believe that instead of taking China bashing too seriously during the election, it is more important to deal with US-China relations after the election.

It’s against the scene of universal concern for economy and livelihood among the electoral voters that the contenders pay much attention to China and its economy and its impact on the United States, explaining that China has an increasing effect on the US economy as well as politics.  About 2/3rd of Americans believe that China and the US share good relations, while 55% of people say that the US should maintain the strong and stable connection with China, according to the opinion poll conducted by one of the US organizations. Hence, giving the equal importance of US-China relations, whoever wins the election can’t implement negative China policies and the complexity of two-sided connections calculates that the United States will never be very close to China.

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