Commercial and technological disputes between China and the United States can boost political interest in the American presidential election on November 3. A complex and multifaceted conflict between the two countries increased by 2018. Peaked during the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), after economic sanctions, diplomatic crisis, and closure of a Chinese consulate in Houston, due to allegation on suspicious industrial espionage.
According to international relations specialist Fausto Godoy: China can be scaring. Today’s China is not a miserable China, this is a technological war disguised as a commercial war. President Trump has been an opponent of the Chinese expansionist plan and its technological dominance. The American Congress recently questioned possible interventions in the electoral period, promoted by China, Russia, and Iran, motivated by political, economic, commercial, and technological interests. According to the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, Iran’s and China’s conflicts with the current president result in an aversion to his re-election.
Intelligence reports suggest that Iran may try to compromise the election’s infrastructure, interfering in the voting process or questioning its results. According to agency director William Evanina, Tehran’s motivation to conduct these activities is partly driven for a perception that President Trump’s re-election will result in continued U.S. pressure on Iran in an effort to foster regime change.
Russia, however, has shown itself in favor of Trump’s re-election, using political artifices, to disparage the public image of Democrat’s Joe Biden how is Trump’s main opponent. The White House has taken a strong stand against possible future cyberattacks, political interference, or manipulation of data, which would undermine the election and its legitimate outcome.