China – a prime subject in the first US presidential debate – bleached out of the representation completely in the second talk as Donald Trump’s bigot comments, Hillary Clinton’s email dispute and other domestic issues subjugated the session.
The word “China” was stated all of four times as the duosdeliberated America’s energy policy.
“We have to bring back our workers. You take a look at what is happening to steel … and China dumping steel, which is killing our workers. We have to guard our energy companies,” Trump said towards the end of the 90-minute session on Sunday night, US time.
“China is illegally dumping steel in the United States and Donald is buying it to build his buildings,” Clinton responded.
“That is something I fought against as a senator and I would have a trade prosecutor to make sure we don’t get taken advantage of by China, on steel or anything else.”
Previously, Trump had also talked about China, once, in fleeting as he talked over US growth, saying that a growth rate of 7 per cent in regional China would be well thought-out a “catastrophe” as he unfavorablymatched it with America’s low growth rates.
China’s current growth rate is less than 7 per cent.
In their first discussion, the two presidential candidates moved on China on a range of subjectsincluding climate change, cyber security, Iran, North Korea, and trade.
Chinese specialists say the strikingly fewer remarks of China in the latest discuss showed aexpanding mismatch between America’s domestic politics and its international part.
MengYabo, a US affairs professional from China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations in Beijing, said it somewhat reflected the changes between common folks and US elites.
“Common American voters” cared more about things directly related to their livelihood, and domestic issues have received more attention in the Trump-Clinton debate than in the previous two elections, Meng said.
“But the general public’s indifference to serious topics such as US-China ties … doesn’t mean the US elites are caring less about Washington’s international role.”
Zhang Xiaoming, said the fewer references of China imitated a kind of loss of sight to a reality where China was in advanceeminence in America’s international matters including issues such as the yuan exchange rate and the South China Sea.
Then again, Beijing seemed to remain largely uninterested to the event prominent to the future US election.
Online comments and Continental Chinese mediawere centered on the 2005 video that exposed Trump bragging about fumbling women and trying to seduce a married woman.
Global Times, put out an editorial titled “Is Trump’s presidential campaign over?”,analyzing the likelyinfluences from the tape revealing Trump’s lustychat about lady.
“The public is fully aware that neither Trump nor Clinton are role models. Trump’s scandal also reveals the dark side of US mainstream elites,” the editorial wrote.