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China looks past Trump's bluster and favors billionaire over Clinton, expert says

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speak during the Presidential Debate at Hofstra University on September 26, 2016 in Hempstead, New York.
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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speak during the Presidential Debate at Hofstra University on September 26, 2016 in Hempstead, New York.

Despite Donald Trump's constant China-bashing, the Chinese government prefers the GOP presidential nominee over Hillary Clinton, China expert Leland Miller told CNBC on Wednesday.

"Hillary is a known [quantity] and they don't like her," said the chief executive of China Beige Book International, an analytics firm devoted to conducting research into the world's second-largest economy.

"Donald is threatening a trade war. That wouldn't be good," Miller acknowledged during an interview on "Squawk Box." "But at the same time, some of the other things he's said [such as] let's tear down the post-war security structure in Asia, limit our [trade] relationship with Japan and Korea, ... this is music to the Chinese ears."

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