Polls cre­ate un­cer­tainty

Midterm re­sults will not al­ter US-China trade fric­tion’

Global Times US Edition - - FRONT PAGE - By Wang Wen­wen in Wash­ing­ton DC and Leng Shumei in Bei­jing

US Democrats’ suc­cess in the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives in the midterm elec­tion will fur­ther di­vide US pol­i­tics and cre­ate more un­cer­tainty in the 2020 elec­tion, Chi­nese an­a­lysts said on Wed­nes­day.

It will also re­strict the move­ment of the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion in its re­main­ing two years, they said.

Democrats cap­tured the House, 222-199, and are set to ex­ert a ma­jor check on Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump af­ter re­tak­ing the House af­ter eight years, CNN re­ported Wed­nes­day.

Repub­li­cans con­tinue to con­trol the Se­nate, 51-49, ac­cord­ing to CNN.

“Tremen­dous suc­cess tonight. Thank you to all!” Trump tweeted af­ter the GOP re­tained con­trol of the Se­nate.

Chi­nese For­eign Min­istry spokesper­son Hua Chun­y­ing told a rou­tine press brief­ing on Wed­nes­day that “the midterm elec­tion is the in­ter­nal af­fairs of the US and China will not com­ment on it.”

She re­it­er­ated that China would like to work with the US to move China-US ties

to­ward a cor­rect di­rec­tion on the ba­sis of mu­tual re­spect and mu­tual ben­e­fits.

Although this year’s midterm elec­tion was widely be­lieved to be much more ex­cit­ing than those of pre­vi­ous years, Chi­nese an­a­lysts do not think the re­sult will al­ter the trade fric­tion be­tween China and the US as both Demo­cratic and Repub­li­can par­ties hold a tough at­ti­tude to­ward China on eco­nomic is­sues.

Los­ing the House should ap­pear as a shock to Repub­li­cans since, be­fore the midterm elec­tion, they were ap­par­ently su­pe­rior, Liu Wei­dong, a re­search fel­low at the Chi­nese Academy of So­cial Sciences, told the Global Times on Wed­nes­day.

Democrats not only lack an out­stand­ing lead­ing fig­ure but were also re­buffed on the sex­ual as­sault al­le­ga­tions against Brett Ka­vanaugh, who was con­firmed to the Supreme Court on Oc­to­ber 6. In ad­di­tion, the US econ­omy is per­form­ing well un­der the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion, Liu ex­plained.

Liu said that such a re­sult would un­doubt­edly add fuel to the di­vided US pol­i­tics as well as cause un­cer­tain­ties for the elec­tion in two years’ time. The two par­ties may es­pe­cially be di­vided on do­mes­tic is­sues such as tax poli­cies, he stressed.

“But suc­cess in the Se­nate still points to a solid foun­da­tion for Trump,” Liu pointed out.

All About Trump

All 435 seats in the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives in this year’s midterm elec­tion as well as 35 seats in the 100-mem­ber Se­nate were con­tested. So were the gov­er­nor­ships in 36 states, CNN re­ported.

Philip Hamil­ton, a po­lit­i­cal an­a­lyst based in Colum­bus, Ohio, told the Global Times on Wed­nes­day that “this elec­tion was more than a col­lec­tion of con­tests for in­di­vid­ual seats; it’s about na­tional pol­i­tics and a ref­er­en­dum on the Trump pres­i­dency.”

He stressed that “turnout seems much higher than usual for midterm elec­tion.”

Af­ter the Democrats take con­trol of the House, Trump’s power to push his agenda would likely stall. The threat of im­peach­ment also looms as Democrats will have the power to in­ves­ti­gate the pres­i­dent for per­ceived vi­o­la­tions of con­duct, Philip noted.

How­ever, Liu said that there is not much chance of im­peach­ment due to a lack of strong ev­i­dence. He re­ferred to the Rus­sia scan­dal where Trump is ac­cused of col­lud­ing with the Rus­sian gov­ern­ment.

Bret Niel­son, a Philadel­phi­abased Demo­crat who works on so­cial pol­icy, told the Global Times that “there is a great di­vi­sion within the po­lit­i­cal par­ties, and few mod­er­ates. Some of the Repub­li­cans have been op­pos­ing Trump and there is more di­vi­sive­ness within the Repub­li­can Party now. ”

At­ti­tude to­ward China

Vot­ers in Philadel­phia started to line up at polling places early in the morn­ing on Novem­ber 6, EST.

When asked about his hopes for fu­ture gov­er­nors, Ju­lian Jor­dan, who works in con­sult­ing in Wash­ing­ton DC, said that “we just need ra­tio­nal lead­ers who will stand up for what they be­lieve in and for what’s good for our coun­try.”

The midterm elec­tion also sparked heated dis­cus­sions on Chi­nese so­cial me­dia. Many net users said that the change in the US’ do­mes­tic po­lit­i­cal en­vi­ron­ment would not af­fect the coun­try’s at­ti­tude against China.

Some said they won­der how the re­sults of the midterm elec­tion would af­fect the world econ­omy, while other stressed that China should not rely on po­lit­i­cal changes in the US to re­solve on­go­ing fric­tions but on it­self.

Karen Mag­nu­son (left) and Karen Shaw cel­e­brate af­ter the an­nounce­ment of Demo­cratic can­di­date Ja­son Crow’s vic­tory in Colorado’s 6th con­gres­sional dis­trict, at the Colorado Democrats watch party in Den­ver, Colorado on Tues­day.

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