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Politics Joe Biden Backed on Foreign Policy, But China Seen As Weak Point: Poll

06:50  28 february  2021
06:50  28 february  2021 Source:   newsweek.com

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Americans are largely optimistic about foreign policy under President Joe Biden , according to a new poll from the Pew Research Center, though respondents remain deeply divided on partisan lines. Sixty percent of Americans surveyed for research published on Wednesday say they have confidence in the president's foreign policy , but are less convinced that he can perform well on issues relating to China and international trade. Confidence in Biden 's foreign policy ranks higher than it did for President Donald Trump in 2017 (46 percent), but sits some way off President Barack Obama's score in 2009

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Sixty percent of Americans surveyed for research published on Wednesday say they have confidence in the president's foreign policy, but are less convinced that he can perform well on issues relating to China and international trade.

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Biden to Face Long List of Foreign Challenges, With China No. 1. President Trump will be handing Joseph R. Biden Jr. a difficult cleanup act in America’s relations with many countries. But it may not take much for Mr. Biden to improve the mood. President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. is inheriting a Mr. Biden has not necessarily helped himself with his own negative depiction of China and its authoritarian leader, President Xi Jinping, during the 2020 campaign. The two were once seen as having developed a friendly relationship during the Obama years. But Mr. Biden , perhaps acting partly to counter Mr

— Joe Biden (@ JoeBiden ) September 30, 2020. Whether that approach is effective or not, the shift back to alliance politics will likely frustrate Beijing. “ Biden may try to improve relations with allies, and band together to try to suppress China ,” said He Weiwen, a former official at the Chinese consulates in Tony Blinken, a senior Biden adviser seen as a potential secretary of state, said in September that a President Biden would use tariffs where necessary and seek commitments from China on subsidies and cyber theft -- areas left out of Trump’s accord after the two sides repeatedly failed to reach

Confidence in Biden's foreign policy ranks higher than it did for President Donald Trump in 2017 (46 percent), but sits some way off President Barack Obama's score in 2009 (74 percent).

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Joe Biden is more likely to focus on the transatlantic relations that were seriously damaged by his predecessor. Another burning matter is a trade agreement with China : it will not end the US- Chinese economic or technological competition, but can at least help to prevent a full-fledged trade war between Washington Today we can only guess whether President Biden will serve his full first term in office or whether we may see him succeeded by Vice-President Kamala Harris. It also remains to be seen what she has to contribute to US foreign policy in general and to US-Russia relations in particular.

If Biden wins the US will weaken against China and Iran says Trump. Hours before day two of the Democratic National Convention Trump also took a jab at Presidential hopeful Joe Biden labeling him too weak to deal with the communist nation. Get fox business on the go by clicking here. "He's weak , China would own our country," Trump added while also noting, if elected, Biden may do another deal with Iran, similar to the Iran nuclear deal negotiated during the Obama administration.

The poll of more than 2,500 U.S. adults, conducted in early February, found that Democrats and Democrat-leaning voters overwhelmingly back the new president (88 percent). Republicans—especially those at the conservative end of the spectrum—do not, with only 27 percent of GOP-aligned respondents feeling positive about Biden's foreign policy.

Among moderate and liberal Republicans, 42 percent have confidence in his foreign policy. Only 17 percent of conservative Republicans feel the same.

Overall, 72 percent of Republicans lack confidence in Biden's ability to handle world affairs. Almost half (42 percent) say they have no confidence at all.

Democratic and Republican respondents diverged on every issue put to them. The two areas where the president performed worst were China and international trade.

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But pointing out China ’s tyrannical tendencies and recognizing the foreign policy threat it poses are two very different things. Click here to sign up for our opinion newsletter. There are around 200 sovereign states in the world. The liberal media are desperately trying to redefine Biden as a leader who can challenge China — but erasing history is no easy feat. Beijing Biden does not have what it takes to stand up to our biggest geopolitical adversary, and his own actions during this election season show it.

President Joe Biden gave a speech on key foreign policy issues at the State Department on February 4, 2021. He said: "America is back . Diplomacy is back at the center of our foreign policy ." All this matters to foreign policy because when we host the summit of democracies early in my administration to rally the nations of the world to defend democracy globally, to push back the authoritarianism’s advance will be a much more credible partner because of these efforts to shore up our own foundations.

The Trump campaign made much of Biden's alleged weakness on China in the run-up to the election. Biden, a veteran politician and former vice president, is tarred with decades of failed Western strategy on China.

Liberal democracies had long hoped that the Chinese Communist Party would soften if it engaged in the U.S.-led world order, but Beijing has only entrenched its authoritarianism.

Democratic nations reaped the rewards of globalization and outsourcing manufacturing to China, while the CCP used its new-found wealth to cement its power at home and project its influence abroad.

Now Biden has vowed to take a tougher line, confronting Beijing on its human rights abuses, trade malpractices, territorial disputes and handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

But the Pew poll found that Americans are not yet convinced. Just over half (53 percent) are confident in Biden's ability to deal with China, with 46 percent saying they are not confident. Only 19 percent are very confident in Biden's ability to make good decisions on Beijing.

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Democrats are far more positive, with 83 percent confident about Biden's China plans. For Republicans, the figure is just 19 percent. This is unsurprising given the Trump campaign's constant efforts to frame Biden as soft on China and repeated warnings from GOP lawmakers that the new administration will be too weak to defend American interests.

Republicans are also concerned about Biden's ability to protect American workers in the global market. Just under a quarter (24 percent) of GOP supporters believed he would make good decisions on international trade, while 89 percent of Democrats said he would.

The two sides were similarly split on other issues. Ninety-three percent of Democrats think Biden can improve relationships with allies; 89 percent believe he will deal effectively with terrorist threats; 87 percent trust him to make good decisions about using military force; and 86 percent believe he will deal effectively with global climate change.

For Republican respondents, 37 percent were confident that Biden can improve relationships with allies; 26 percent trust his ability to deal with terrorism; 26 percent believe he will make good decisions on the use of military force; and 29 percent believe he will deal effectively with climate change.

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Americans do seem to agree it is important for the country to be respected around the world; 87 percent of respondents said so. Biden made this a key part of his foreign policy offering, vowing to undo the damage he said the Trump administration had done to American global leadership.

Most agreed that alliances with other nations are central to this effort, something Biden said he would focus on. Sixty-four percent of those surveyed said the U.S. should compromise in order to work with other nations, while 34 percent said the country should look after its own interests even when its allies strongly disagree.

Most—78 percent—also want America to take a global leadership role alongside other nations, with only around 10 percent wanting a more isolationist position.

But Democrats and Republicans differ in whether they think Biden can do what is needed to achieve these goals. Sixty-nine percent of all respondents think the world will now view America more positively, versus 29 percent who said the country would be less well thought of.

A majority—56 percent—of Republicans thought the world would view the U.S. more negatively with Biden in charge, versus just 6 percent of Democrats.

The survey identified significant differences on the right wing. Conservative Republicans were far more likely to believe the world will see America in a worse light under Biden, with 66 percent holding this view versus 41 percent of moderate or liberal Republicans.

Biden declared earlier this month that "America is back." Most allies breathed a sigh of relief when he won November's election, but it appears the new president has yet to win over those Americans who voted against him.

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Americans Want Joe Biden to Take on China, but Aren't Sure He Will: Poll .
The majority of Americans now see China as an enemy or competitor, with less than 10 percent considering Beijing a partner.The Pew Research Center published the results of a new survey on Thursday showing that the majority of Americans now consider China either an enemy or a competitor, and that they expect the new president to put democracy and human rights above any potential economic benefit of cooperation with Beijing.

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