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According to China's government-regulated news agency Xinhua, the Donald Trump "China-bashing" tactic has lost its efficacy.
Responding earlier today (Tuesday) to a speech Trump gave last night in which he accused China of breaking trade rules "in every way imaginable," the nation's media outlet warned that such "inflammatory" rhetoric is dangerous…
Donald Trump "played the China-bashing card once again in his latest attempt to rectify his falling popularity," the agency claimed. "Lashing out at China for U.S. economic frustrations has proven futile. Ironically, the U.S. middle and working classes, to whom Trump and [Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton] have been eager to pander, would become the first to take the hit of U.S. trade barriers against China."
Xinhua went on to point out that because of Sino-U.S. "win-win cooperation," Americans have "grown accustomed to high-quality and affordable Chinese-made goods." And without the U.S.-China trade operations, the agency stated, neither Americans' quality of life nor their country's "high-end advantage in the global industrial chain can be maintained."
Besides, China-bashing has "become quite dull," Xinhua added.
But Trump doesn't seem to care…
Donald Trump's China-Bashing Tactic Strikes a Nerve
If the bombastic billionaire has indeed been beating a dead horse (or panda) about Sino-U.S. trade relations, it's because his supporters love China-bashing. As far back as Trump's early stumping days in June 2015, crowds have consistently roared as the real estate mogul and reality show star has accused the Red Dragon of myriad infractions, including:
But Xinhua did have a point about Trump's recent polling numbers…
According to the latest Monmouth University poll released yesterday, Clinton has the support of 46% of registered voters nationally, while Donald Trump has the support of 34%.
Monday's poll also found that Clinton is ahead of "The Donald" 42%-34% in 10 swing states.