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Bolton: Trump, if re-elected, may resume trade negotiations with China

Former Assistant to the President of the United States for National Security John Bolton does not exclude that American leader Donald Trump if re-elected for a second term, may return to negotiations on a trade deal with China. He expressed this opinion, speaking at an online seminar organized by The Wall Street Journal.

“I believe Trump can change [US policy towards China] 180 degrees,” Bolton said. Thus, he commented on the question of how, in his opinion, the November presidential elections in the United States will affect relations between Washington and Beijing.

“In the past six months, he [Trump] has pursued a tough policy of sanctions, tariffs, and closure of Chinese consulates. To discuss the “deal of the century”, a trade deal. Trump can easily say: “You are right. And then the sanctions will be lifted, trade barriers will be frozen, consulates will resume work,” Bolton said.

At the same time, the approach to China of the Democratic Party candidate Joseph Biden in case of his victory in the elections also contains many unknowns, said a former Trump aide on national security. “Biden, in my opinion, is also unpredictable, but within a narrower framework. He is moving in the direction of tightening politics, but many remain unknown,” Bolton said, noting that during the debates and the election campaign, the Democrat did not present a clear plan for building relations with Beijing.

The next general election in the United States will be held on November 3. They will elect the president and vice president, all 435 members of the House of Representatives and a third of the Senate of Congress, governors of 13 states and territories.

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