Election 2016: Chinese State Media Signal Preference for Trump

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Government-backed commentators are continuing to signal Beijing's preference for a Donald Trump win.

Chinese state media and government-backed commentators are continuing to signal Beijing's preference for a Donald Trump win in the U.S. presidential election.

Like Russia, China is seen as favoring Trump because he appears less willing to confront China's newly robust foreign policy, particularly in the South China Sea.

Clinton, by contrast, is disliked in Beijing for having steered the U.S. "pivot" to Asia aimed at strengthening U.S. engagement with the region, particularly in the military sphere.

Writing in the Communist Party newspaper Global Times, scholar Mei Xinyu says: "From a comprehensive view, it would make it easier for China to cope if Trump is elected. This is because under the policy line advocated by Obama and Clinton, the political and military frictions between China and the U.S. will be more frequent."

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