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Donald Trump accuses China of meddling in US presidential election

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The US President has been ramping up his criticism of both China and Joe Biden in recent months as the November 3 election draws near.

On Twitter on Wednesday, President Trump claimed that China are “desperate” to see him lose the election this year.

He wrote: “China is on a massive disinformation campaign because they are desperate to have sleepy Joe Biden win the presidential race so they can continue to rip-off the United States, as they have done for decades, until I came along!”

It is the latest in a series of attacks on China amid the coronavirus pandemic in the US.

It also comes after Trump has begun spreading the “Obamagate” conspiracy to discredit Joe Biden, former Vice President to Barack Obama.

President Trump also claimed that China wants him to lose his reelection campaign on April 30.

In a White House interview with Reuters news agency, he said Beijing faced a “lot” of possible consequences from the US for the outbreak.

He said: “There are many things I can do. We’re looking for what happened.”

Mr Trump added: “China will do anything they can to have me lose this race.”

It comes as China and US relations have hit new lows amid the pandemic and trade tensions.

Over the past week, the Trump administration has threatened to scrap the phase one trade deal and increase tariffs on China, backed tough new export controls for Chinese firms buying

American tech products, and continued to push theories claiming the coronavirus was man-made and leaked from a laboratory in the city of Wuhan.

The White House is also “turbocharging” an initiative among “friendly nations” to push manufacturing supply chains out of China, according to Reuters.

A leaked report from the US Department of Homeland Security accused Beijing of covering up the severity of the virus so it could hoard medical supplies at the start of the year.

Shi Yinhong, an international relations professor at China’s Renmin University and an adviser to China’s State Council, said: “The United States and China are actually in the era of a new Cold War.”


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Joe Biden also addressed Obamagate directly, calling it a “diversion” meant to distract Americans from the “issues before us.”

Trump has defined Obamagate as the leaking of former Michael Flynn’s name to the media and the allegation the Obama administration sought to sabotage his campaign.

Last week, documents made available to two Republican senators by Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell showed that Biden was among those who requested Michael Flynn’s identity be revealed in intelligence reports—a process known as “unmasking,” a practice that’s commonplace in government.

Biden has acknowledged attending a January 5, 2017, Oval Office meeting with former President Barack Obama and other officials, during which the counterintelligence investigation into ­Flynn was discussed.

But he has said he doesn’t know anything else about the topic and said neither he nor the Obama administration did anything wrong.

Recent polling in the US has put Biden ahead of Trump by a slight margin.

The Quinnipiac poll, released Wednesday, shows Biden leading Trump by 11 points, 50 percent to 39 percent, a 3 point increase since April.

This follows polls from The Economist and Morning Consult showing Biden’s lead growing by 1 since last week, which is within the margin of error of both polls.

Biden also leads Trump by a 16 point margin on who voters think would handle coronavirus better.

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