Tension between US and China? Biden attends 2 summits, calls for ‘resistance to the rise of China’

By Eric

2021.10.28

The Associated Press reports that President Biden went to Europe over the weekend to attend two back-to-back summits, while Chinese President Xi Jinping avoided meeting with Biden, citing the new epidemic.

Biden will travel to Rome for the G20 summit and then to Scotland for the UN climate summit. In the 10 months since he took office, Biden has only spoken to Xi Jinping twice on the phone and is scheduled to meet with him before the end of the year.

His domestic priority is to get Congress to support his budget to invest heavily in America’s labour force and key industries, saying that this is the best way to deal with China’s rise and that he wants international friends to join him in this ‘anti-China rise’ campaign.

At the G-20 summit, he is expected to expand the Build Back Better World initiative from Build Back Better America to Build Back Better World, urging advanced democracies to demonstrate their “democratic strength” and outpace the Chinese Communist Party’s Belt and Road infrastructure project. He will also urge democratic friends to accelerate donations of vaccines to developing countries, so as not to let the Chinese Communist Party’s “vaccine diplomacy” take over.

No matter how much the CIA Director or the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff warn that China’s rise poses a threat to the US, or how the media describe the new US-China confrontation as a “new Cold War”, the two major global economies are now both competitive and interdependent, especially economically, and it is unlikely that they will ever trade as little as they did during the Soviet era. Biden has upheld the tariffs imposed on China by Trump, but this does not change the reality that the two economies cannot be untethered.

Beijing not only wants to shake off the shackles of US tariffs, but has also demonstrated its strength in various areas, asking the US to recognise China’s geopolitical power and warning it not to interfere in China’s “territory”.

Matthew Goodman, senior associate director of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, called the US-China relationship “the great problem of our generation. Even as the two countries move further apart on issues such as Taiwan, cybersecurity and the return of industry, Biden will have to “keep working” with China on climate change, which is a matter of human survival.

White House national security adviser Sullivan wants China to understand that the US has a positive plan to stabilise the global economy and a way to “protect American workers and American industries”, depending on “what the Chinese government is prepared to propose and how it will do it”.
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