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Notes for Biden from Trump presidency: To counter Beijing, befriend Berlin

The Cold War with the Soviet Union was fought and won in Berlin; the looming Cold War with China - over trade, technology and global influence - will be fought and won in Berlin

US Presidential elections 2020 | Donald Trump | China

Thomas L. Friedman | NYT 

If Joe Biden is elected president, his top foreign policy challenge will be China — but not the China that he dealt with under Barack Obama. It will be a much more aggressive China, a China looking to supplant American technology dominance, smother democracy in Hong Kong and cybersteal your personal data. Pushing back on that China, without blowing up the global trading system, will require reversing one of Donald Trump’s biggest mistakes — his failure to build a partnership with Germany to counter Beijing. Yes, you read that right. The Cold War with the Soviet Union ...

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First Published: Wed, August 26 2020. 15:16 IST