Whether Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton or her Republican rival, Donald Trump, wins the U.S. election next month, the next inhabitant of the White House's approach to China is likely to take a more "hawkish view" towards the world's second largest economy, analysts believe.
"Relative to Barack Obama, both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have a more hawkish view on a wide range of China issues," analysts Kevin Lai and Olivia Xia from Daiwa Capital Markets said in a note Thursday.
"Clinton is considered a China hawk, especially on a range of issues outside of trade," the analysts noted. "On U.S.-China trade, she is also more confrontational than Obama but comparatively more moderate than Trump."
With just over a month to go till American voters go to the polls, the race to the White House is too close to call.
Trump has a large and loyal following and his populist views have chimed among disaffected U.S. voters but he is seen as a renegade. Clinton, meanwhile, has suffered from a lack of personal popularity although she is seen as far more experienced and as having "sounder" government policies.