China Missing Trump Terribly As Biden Hits ‘Hard Power’

The Donald Trump-was-hard-on-China myth is having a rough few months as Asia’s biggest economy surges toward 8% growth in 2021.

Though the U.S. is recovering, too, China’s post-Covid-19—and post-Trump—bounce back is turning heads everywhere. But the head-turner that matters most is how Joe Biden, just four months into his presidency, has China’s Xi Jinping on the defensive in ways the Trump gang didn’t in four years.

No, China isn’t quaking over Biden’s arrival. But Xi is realizing fast that the days of exploiting complete chaos in Washington to achieve his broader goals are over.

The latest evidence of that comes from Kurt Campbell, Biden’s man in the Indo-Pacific for the

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