World Call between Biden and China’s Xi portends rocky road in post-Trump era
Biden willing to negotiate relief checks as he meets 10 GOP senators
By Sarah N. Lynch and Jarrett RenshawWASHINGTON, Jan 31 (Reuters) - Ten moderate Republican U.S. senators urged Democratic President Joe Biden on Sunday to On Sunday, a group of 10 moderate Republicans, including Senators Mitt Romney, and Susan Collins, drafted up a $600 billion bill, which is only one-third the price tag of the $1.9 trillion package Biden is already considering.
TAIPEI, Taiwan —After theof the United States and China, the governments released accounts that diverged sharply in tone and focus. But both sides signaled they would not yield on the thorny issues of , and , foreshadowing the areas that could generate protracted tensions in the post-Trump era.
In the call Wednesday evening U.S. time, Chinese leader Xi Jinping spoke in conciliatory tones about the importance of a healthy bilateral relationship, according to the Chinese state broadcaster. But Xi pointedly warned President Biden to “act prudently” on the three regions, where China’s forceful policies have drawn U.S. condemnation.
Live updates: House GOP weighing fate of two members; Senate considers more Biden Cabinet nominees
The House GOP is wrestling over whether to keep Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) in her leadership position and whether to strip Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) of her committee assignments. As the House GOP feuds, the Democratic-led Senate is moving forward with consideration of several more Cabinet nominees of President Biden and preparing for an impeachment trial next week of Trump for his role in the Jan. 6 takeover of the Capitol.
Biden took a harder tack, telling Xi he had “fundamental concerns about Beijing’s coercive and unfair economic practices, crackdown in Hong Kong, human rights abuses in Xinjiang, and increasingly assertive actions in the region, including toward Taiwan,” according to the White House.
Following weeks of tough comments from senior U.S. officials, the president’s exchange with Xi underscored the[In first call with China’s Xi, Biden stresses U.S. commitment to allies and human rights] between the two leading world powers that will entrench their contest in trade, technology, military prowess and a range of other areas for years to come.
China’s stern warning about Taiwan, a U.S.-backed, self-ruled democracy that, has been a consistent message going back to the latter months of the Trump administration, when bilateral relations entered free-fall, according to Chinese analysts and U.S. scholars and business executives who speak with Chinese officials. Aside from seeking assurances that U.S. policy toward Taiwan would not change dramatically, these people say, China has low expectations that the new president would quickly adopt a much softer approach to China and offer changes that Beijing seeks, such as dropping President Donald Trump’s tariffs or his technology sanctions.
President Biden said he doesn't think he would've stayed in public life without Jill Biden
The president and first lady discussed their 43-year marriage and how they've supported each other's careers in an interview with People.The president and first lady are the cover stars of this week's People magazine, and their interview with the magazine was recorded for People TV.
“Taiwan is the first issue — always — more so than tariffs,” said Xin Qiang, deputy director of Fudan University’s Center for American Studies. “China wants to wait patiently to see what the U.S. will say and do in terms of Hong Kong, Taiwan, Xinjiang. The struggle concerning those issues between China and the U.S. will shape the direction of the relationship in the upcoming four years.”
Former secretary of state Mike Pompeo designated China’s crackdown on the region’s mostly Muslim population in Xinjiang as “” in the final days of the previous administration, deeply enraging Beijing, and on interactions with Taiwanese officials. His successor, Antony Blinken, and has spoken forcefully in favor of supporting Taiwan. National security adviser Jake Sullivan has also publicly recommended the United States be prepared to “impose costs” on China for its crackdowns in Hong Kong and Xinjiang and for its “bellicosity and threats” toward Taiwan.
Shanghai's cinephiles once secretly loved Hollywood. Now Chinese films dominate its silver screens
Clemson's Clyde Trapp made a strong backdoor cut and Aamir Simms fed him the ball for the slam during the Tigers 63-50 win over North Carolina on Tuesday.
Aside from the three regions that China considers core national interests, Xi urged a restoration in relations — the “most important” in the world — and proposed a resumption of dialogue between the governments. Communication had all but broken down toward the end of Trump’s term, with only the countries’ trade representatives still talking.[A U.S.-China detente under Biden? Beijing isn’t betting on it.]
Most Chinese state media framed the call, which came shortly before the Lunar New Year, a success. “The significance of the phone call today not only lies in that it has further promoted the personal communication between the two leaders, but also provided a sense of ritual to China-US relations and expresses mutual respect,” opined Hu Xijin, the influential editor of China’s Global Times tabloid. “Doing so on this special day for Chinese, I think is of considerable positive significance for realizing the goals of managing differences.”
China has been eager to restart dialogue and has waited for a call since the Jan. 20 inauguration. Its officials had informally floated the idea to send its top diplomat, Yang Jiechi, to Washington even earlier to meet with Biden officials, according to people with knowledge of the discussions. But the U.S. response was chilly as Biden and senior officials such as Blinken first spoke to U.S. allies and friends including Canada, Britain, Japan, Australia and India on calls that often touched on the Indo-Pacific region and China.
Biden not budging on $1.9 trillion in COVID-19 relief, presses Congress to act fast after lackluster jobs report
President Joe Biden pushes for $1.9 trillion in COVID relief as lackluster jobs report shows U.S. economy continues to sputter amid global pandemic.In remarks from the White House, Biden said the economy is still in trouble, and he called on Congress to quickly to pass his proposal with or without GOP support.
Unable to quickly secure meetings, Yang and Chinese Ambassador Cui Tiankai delivered public addresses over Zoom to the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations and the Carter Center, respectively. In both cases the officials dug in firmly on territorial issues and blamed the United States for single-handedly driving the downturn in relations. But they also have offered to cooperate on fighting the coronavirus and climate change, which they see as Biden priorities.
In recent months, particularly since the inauguration, a series of comments from the Biden administration has cemented the belief in Beijing that its relationship with the United States has changed fundamentally into one of competition.[Trump administration declares China’s treatment of Muslims in Xinjiang ‘genocide’]
Zhao Tong, senior fellow at the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center in Beijing, noted that Xi on the call quoted Biden’s post-election victory speech on the theme of “possibilities,” and that Chinese state media have highlighted the history between the two men. But those in policy circles in Beijing know that realistically it can only bide time, avert confrontation with Biden and seek limited cooperation, while it inevitably builds up national strength that can challenge that of the United States, he said.
Biden Hints at 'Extreme Competition' With China, Says There's No Need for Conflict
Biden will return to multilateral foreign policy to combat the growing global threat of China, he said in a CBS Evening News interview airing in full Sunday evening."We need not have a conflict, but there's going to be extreme competition," Biden said to anchor Norah O'Donnell in an interview to air in full Sunday evening on CBS Evening News. Referring to his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, he said, "I'm not going to do it the way that he knows. And that's because he's sending signals as well. I'm not going to do it the way Trump did.
“China has traditionally felt confident it can shape the view of top U.S. individuals by building on personal relationships,” Zhao said. “But China has been a little disappointed so far. Biden’s rhetoric has been very tough, which is convincing the Chinese that we need to build our own capability. China is confident that over time, the balance of power is shifting.”
Senior administration officials on Wednesday outlined a U.S. strategy that would borrow some elements of Trump’s adversarial approach to China while rejecting his unilateral tactics.
The officials said Biden would also hold back on rolling back tariffs “right out of the gate” and would weigh new prohibitions on sensitive technology exports. Biden also announced a Department of Defense review on China-related military strategies on Wednesday, the same day a senior State Department officialto Washington.
Taiwan foreign ministry spokeswoman Joanne Ou said her ministry thanked the Biden administration for “continually demonstrating support for our country” since the inauguration and pledged Taiwan would continue to closely collaborate with Washington.
Inside China, most state media coverage of the call was heavily and selectively edited, and social media users seemed pleased that Biden sent Lunar New Year greetings to the Chinese people. A few posters who accessed foreign websites, presumably using virtual networking software to circumvent domestic censorship, expressed surprise to see the White House version of the readout and to find Biden in fact “lectured” China on sensitive issues about its periphery.
Policy thinkers in Beijing took a more realist view.
“The Biden administration does not have much interest and space to actively ease Sino-U.S. relations,” said Fu Suixin, research fellow at the China Institute of International Studies in a syndicated piece, as he lamented Washington’s positions on Hong Kong, Taiwan and Xinjiang. “Instead, it hopes to use a tough stance to seek psychological advantages and bargaining chips in its interactions with China.”
Anne Gearan in Washington and Lyric Li in Seoul contributed to this report.In first call with China’s Xi, Biden stresses U.S. commitment to allies and human rights As WHO coronavirus mission leaves empty-handed, China claims propaganda win Trump administration declares China’s treatment of Muslims in Xinjiang ‘genocide’
The Daily 202: Biden builds back boring in town hall. That’s not a bad thing .
Let’s come out and say it: An absence of incendiary tweets doesn’t make a young presidency boring when the administration is facing a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic, the resulting economic devastation, the climate crisis and a host of other problems. A running seven-day average of deaths from the virus stood at 2,455. Whatever the assessment of whether Biden is meeting those challenges, these are not boring times. On the substance, the Delaware Democrat probably disappointed progressives on several fronts.