Tensions between the US and China are not easing as the Biden administration pushes Donald Trump’s strict Beijing policy forward and turns it into one-on-one competition with the Asian country, report says .
The Hong Kong Post, in an opinion piece, said the Biden administration viewed China as a riskier competitor than a distant global rival.
US President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping held a virtual summit last week. During the meeting, they exchanged friendly words but also categorically expressed their respective countries’ position on topical issues.
The two leaders met for three and a half hours on Tuesday.
According to a statement released by the White House, Biden referred to China’s human rights abuses and Beijing’s trade policy. “President Biden has raised concerns about the PRC’s practices in Xinjiang, Tibet and Hong Kong, as well as human rights in general,” the White House said in a statement.
“He was clear on the need to protect American workers and industries from unfair trade and economic practices by the PRC,” he said.
President Xi, for his part, raised the issue of US support for Taiwan, and alliances and groupings that have created “divisions” in the world. This was a reference to the Quad group, which includes India, and the AUKUS agreement between Australia, UK and US for the delivery of nuclear powered submarines to Canberra. .
According to the Hong Kong Post, the two leaders competed at the summit and it is now the status quo ante.
âThere was no conflict that the two sides were heading towards and there is none to head towards after the talks. It is an ante status quo. The two leaders have competed against each other. After all, they are. saw each other, albeit on TV screens, for the first time after two previous phone conversations and had met physically the last time when they were both vice presidents under Brack Obama and Hu Jintao, “the report says .
Over the next few months, Biden will “show his teeth” on China more to benefit his country’s public as the US midterm elections approach.
“Tensions are not easing primarily because the United States under Donald Trump has stopped pretending to be friends with China and started a trade war. The Biden administration is moving forward, turning it into a competition for China. face-to-face with China, “he added. report said.
“In that sense, there has been no change in American policy towards China during the two presidencies. If Biden has given any indication, it is because American policy has indeed changed a bit. , seeing China more as a risky competitor than a distant, global rival, âhe added.
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