Trump’s unilateralist, chaotic brand of foreign policy had many nations—American allies included—hoping for a Biden victory in this month’s election. After years of an unpredictable president, many foreign leaders and diplomats are hoping for a “back to normal” Biden presidency, though plenty of observers have warned that will not possible regardless. But in Hong Kong, Trump’s bullish style and dismissal of diplomatic conventions won the president many fans. The president was initially disinterested in the pro-democracy movement in the former British territory, now ruled as a purportedly semi-autonomous region of China, even praising Chinese President Xi Jinping ‘s reaction to the unrest. But Trump eventually came around to supporting the protest movement, approving bipartisan legislation condemning China’s incursion on the city’s autonomy and sanctioning those believed to be responsible. The issue played nicely into Trump’s own campaign to contain China, which American lawmakers, military leaders and analysts increasingly see as Washington’s next generational strategic threat. For all his controversies, Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement saw Trump as a valuable and steadfast ally in their fight against the Chinese Communist Party. Now faced with a new administration led by President-Elect Joe Biden —a veteran politician and central part of a previous administration… Read full this story
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