From its role as a punching bag in the presidential race to it being the target of executive, legislative, and judicial actions, China looms large in American politics. In 2020, that presence is overwhelmingly a negative one. Recent polling from Pew shows that 73% of Americans hold an unfavorable view of China, compared to a meager 22% who hold a positive view. China hasn’t always been such a lightning rod in US politics. To understand how we got to this moment and what we can expect going forward, we speak with Sheena Chestnut Greitens, an Associate Professor at the University of Texas at Austin and non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and Anna Ashton, Senior Director of Government Affairs at the US-China Business Council.