PUBLISHED: 00:40, Wed, Nov 18, 2020 | UPDATED: 00:40, Wed, Nov 18, 2020
According to all major US networks sitting president was defeated earlier this month by Democrat Party rival Joe Biden. However, he is refusing to concede, claiming the election was rigged against him, and has launched a number of legal challenges against the result.
Speaking to the Global Times, a state controlled Chinese tabloid, an international relations expert warned Mr Trump could try and intensify his conflict with Beijing during his final months in office.
The claim was made by Shen Yi, a professor at Fudan University in Shanghai.
Mr Biden won’t be inaugurated as the 46th president of the United States until January 20, until which Mr Trump has full presidential powers.
Ms Yi claimed: “Trump is actually setting a trap or planting a landmine for the Biden administration.”
"Trump is actually setting a trap" (Image: GETTY)
Donald Trump has had a turbulent relationship with Xi Jinping (Image: GETTY)
She suggested Mr Trump could use his presidential executive powers to hit China’s technology industry in the United States or punish Beijing over its treatment of its Uyghur Muslim minority.
The Global Times argues this would force Mr Biden to continue a hard-line policy towards China unless he wants to be seen as a “panda hugger”.
The paper is owned by China’s ruling communist party and usually reflects officially held opinion in Beijing.
John Ullyot, a spokesman for America’s National Security Council, also warned a Biden presidency will find it difficult to reset relations with China.
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Joe Biden is president elect of the United States (Image: GETTY)
He commented: “Unless Beijing reverses course and becomes a responsible player on the global stage, future U.S. presidents will find it politically