It’s been just over a week since election day in the United States, and the results are not quite final but coming into sight. Democrats will keep the Senate, potentially even gaining a seat depending on a runoff election in Georgia next month. As votes continue to be tallied across the country, Republicans are one victory away from flipping the House of Representatives, but with a much narrower majority than what forecasters were expecting. Despite losing control of the House, the Democrats’ still better-than-expected showing was a tailwind for President Biden, when met with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the G20 in Bali less than a week after election day. Congress’s role in US policy toward China seems to expand every year, and so naturally, we’re wondering: What do these election results mean for US-China trade moving forward, and for US policy toward China as a whole? This week, we chat with Joseph Rafshoon, a government affairs manager at the US-China Business Council.
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