A few months ago, on October 3, Donald Trump stood on the South Lawn of the White House and declared that he hoped China would open an investigation into the Biden family, telling reporters:
“China should start an investigation into the Bidens because what happened in China is just about as bad as what happened with Ukraine.”
Shortly thereafter, congressional committees began investigating Trump’s alleged bribery of Ukraine in which he demanded the Ukrainian government open a criminal investigation of former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, which has led us to where we are today: With Trump on the verge of being only the third president in U.S. history to be impeached.
Ironically, China is indeed signaling that they intend to play a major role in the 2020 election, but they’re putting their finger on the scale to help make sure Trump doesn’t get a second term in office, according to Politico, which reports there’s a new trend in Chinese diplomacy:
“Using social media, mainly Twitter, in an aggressive, decidedly undiplomatic manner. Chinese officials are swinging in particular at the U.S., which under President Donald Trump — himself famous for mean tweets — has taken a combative stance toward the ruling Chinese Communist Party.”
Yes, China is now using Twitter against Trump to great effect, even going after problems such as racism and other social issues that are certain to be major talking points in the 2020 race:
“In tweet barrages … senior Chinese Foreign Ministry official (Lijian Zhao) has described America as ‘unjust,’ ‘inhumane’ and ‘hypocritical.’ He’s gone so far as to slam neighborhood segregation in Washington, D.C., and assert that ‘racial discrimination, gun violence, violent law enforcement are chronic diseases deeply rooted in U.S. society.'”
Zhao was also quick to criticize Trump when he made a speech in which he said the United States should have kept the oil after liberating Iraq from former dictator Saddam Hussein, firing off this tweet:
I see. Keep the oil. Keep the oil. Keep the oil… https://t.co/6qwkZNURlj
— Lijian Zhao 赵立坚 (@zlj517) November 30, 2019
All of this suggests that the Chinese government is fully prepared to do whatever is necessary to assure that Trump isn’t reelected in 2020. Might that include using trolls and bots on social media platforms the way Russia did in 2016? China has a highly advanced cyber warfare operation and could certainly undertake a disinformation campaign to weaken Trump as the next presidential election dawns.
While Trump benefited from cyber operations financed by the Kremlin in 2016, he could well be facing an onslaught from Beijing in 2020 that will make him a one-term president who also carries the black mark of impeachment. And that would guarantee he goes down in history as a loser coated in the stench of corruption.