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US elections 2020

China prefers a Trump loss in November, US intelligence says

Russia seeks to 'denigrate' opponent Biden while Iran looks to blunt incumbent

U.S. President Donald Trump addresses a news conference at his golf resort in Bedminster, New Jersey, U.S., August 7.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON (Kyodo) -- China prefers President Donald Trump not win a second term in the November election, while Russia is seeking to "denigrate" Trump's opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden, a top U.S. counterintelligence official said on Friday.

The intelligence assessment was announced as part of efforts to alert the U.S. public about how foreign states may seek to sway voters' preferences and increase discord. It expresses particular concern over potential activities by China, Russia and Iran.

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