US President Trump is planning to enact a series of crackdown policies against China in what appear to be his final weeks in office, according to a report by Axios.
The reported goal is to make it politically impossible for a potential Joe Biden administration to undo Trump’s work against China, as the eastern superpower bares its teeth towards its neighbouring countries like India and Taiwan.
Measures allegedly include sanctions with more Chinese companies, governmental bodies and State officials over their alleged involvement in human rights abuses, such as those seen during the Hong Kong democracy protests or against the Muslim Uighur population, millions of whom are interned in labour camps. The Trump administration will also reportedly target those thought to be threatening U.S. national security, and will be adding to a Defense Department list of Chinese companies believed to have ties to the Chinese military.
“Unless Beijing reverses course and becomes a responsible player on the global stage, future U.S. presidents will find it politically suicidal to reverse President Trump’s historic actions”, National Security Council spokesperson John Ullyot told Axios.
The Trump administration has also reportedly installed more hawkish China experts in key positions to watch the actions of Communist State.
“Director Ratcliffe will continue playing a leading role, in coordination with other national security principals, in delivering a necessary mindset shift from the Cold War and post-9/11 counterterrorism eras to a focus on great power competition with an adversarial China,” said Cliff Sims, DNI senior adviser according to Axios.
The prospective Biden transition team refused to comment.