November 17, 2016 7:28 AM EST

Trump has vowed to take a tougher line toward China. Yet its political establishment struggled to contain its glee after his victory. Analysts say Trump’s opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership gives the Middle Kingdom freer rein in the region, while his authoritarian streak suggests he’ll pay scant attention to human rights. Under Trump, says Zhang Ming, a professor at Beijing’s Renmin University, “there will be less trouble for the Chinese government.”

This appears in the November 28, 2016 issue of TIME.

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