I can see where you're coming from, I don't entirely agree but thanks for explaining it. Wasn't looking to argue or anything just wondering what you considered being propped meant. I really don't think they deliberately wrote Hilary bad to make Mariah look better in comparison I think they just did a piss poor job at writing their 'rivalry' and clearly realized it didn't make sense and more or less abandoned it. But not trying to argue how you see it. Just my take on it.
I could agree with some of this but the article fails to take into consideration what China gains domestically as well as regionally.
China is not going to stop trading with North Korea, no matter what Trump says. As one Republican senator aptly put it, "Nobody's afraid of Trump, not even the White House pages". And since the U.S. has pulled out of the TPP, China's rival trade bloc grows a bit more in esteem.
So maybe from an U.S.-centric perspective, China doesn't gain but that is a slightly myopic view and doesn't give a full picture.