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2020 look ahead: China will be punching bag in US presidential election

Donald Trump and Democratic rival can compete to see who is tougher on Beijing

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Confrontation between China and the U.S., the world's two largest economies, escalated dramatically in 2019, covering not just trade but also technology and Hong Kong. With the presidential election in the U.S. just around the corner, the obvious question is whether the contest between Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger will further exacerbate this adversarial relationship.

To be sure, the issues dominating 2020's presidential campaign will be domestic, such as health care, taxes, jobs and immigration. The race will be decided both on the merits of the candidates' policies and appeal and on the quirks of the American electoral college system, which favors Trump.

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