Nikkei Asian Review – Trump's bid to punish China hamstrung by reelection risks

The U.S. administration has stepped up consideration of economic measures against China, holding it accountable for failing to prevent the global spread of the new coronavirus.   

But while multiple options are on the table, including lawsuits seeking damages, President Donald Trump’s options become limited when factoring in risks to his reelection bid.

In recent days, the president looks to have strengthened his belief that origins of the virus are related to a laboratory in China’s Wuhan. He has instructed intelligence agencies to gather information as quickly as possible. 

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