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No matter who wins the White House, the relationship between the U.S. and China is likely to remain strained and the world's largest economies will continue to distance themselves from each other.
Nearly 3 in 4 Americans have an unfavorable opinion of China, a view that grew during President Donald Trump's trade war with Beijing and expanded as the pandemic that started there spread across the world. The Pew Research Center found that 78% of Americans blame China, to some extent, for the spread of the coronavirus.
"The president has a lot of leeway, and both the Democrats and Republicans have reasonably hard line attitudes at this stage about China," said Bruce Kasman, JPMorgan head of economic research.
But the approach of the president and former vice president Joe Biden would not be the same.