Obstacles pose threat to Sino-US relations

Rory Murphy, vice-president of Government Affairs at the US-China Business Council, said that the US attitude and policy toward China after the midterm elections is likely to remain tough, if not tougher. "Regardless of which party wins either chamber, there is no doubt going to be a continued focus on China. The politics around being tough on China are just simply too tempting for lawmakers," said Murphy. "If you look pre-2017, the number of bills and resolutions related to China was remarkably consistent, 200 to 250 per Congress. Last Congress, 639 measures," he said. "This year, we're well over 700.That trend is not going to stop. So, I think that there's going to be a focus on China no matter what."