Multiple perceptions exist on the possible impact of upcoming US Presidential elections on Indo-US and US-China relations, especially when India and China are involved in a prolonged standoff. Comments have increased in intensity since the Democratic US Presidential hopeful, Joe Biden, nominated Kamala Harris, as his running mate for Vice President. The policies of Donald Trump, currently seeking his second term, his relations with India and China, as also his views on trade ties are well known, while those of Biden and Harris are unclear.
A known devil is always better than an unknown devil and that holds true for Trump. On the other hand, statements and views projected during electioneering change when responsibility dawns. National policies are formulated by the team, an elected President brings to the White House, rather than on electioneering statements. This would be the scenario with Biden.