World Joe Biden 'Cleansing Himself' of Soft-on-China Accusations: Beijing Analyst
Biden's 1st 100 days: Promises kept, broken, or in progress
Here's a look at how President Joe Biden is measuring up against the markers he set for himself. As a candidate and incoming president, he had promised a series of swift and sweeping actions to address the range of challenges he inherited.
Presidentis "cleansing himself" of the suspicion that he is "soft on " by increasing presence around the country, a Beijing policy expert said this week.
Su Xiaohui, from the China Institute of International Studies think tank in Beijing, said the president would consider his tougher stance on China as one of his foreign policy successes.
Biden's tricky China balancing act
As its 100-day mark nears, the new administration's strategy in dealing with the surging power is still taking shape — but some elements are coming into focus.He has struck a more measured public tone than his predecessor on some issues but an even sharper one on others, while preserving some of President Donald Trump's confrontational policies — and the Trump administration's overarching view that Beijing is a challenge to be confronted.
Appearing on Monday on, a program about military affairs that airs in prime-time on state broadcaster CCTV, Su said U.S. military reconnaissance around China had increased "in frequency and intensity."
"The Biden administration faces a number of challenges both in its domestic and foreign policies. Against this backdrop, he has had to produce the achievements of his administration so far," said Su, deputy director of the institute's department of international and strategic studies.
She added: "During his April 28 speech tomarking 100 days in office, he highlighted his standing up to China, which he considers among his most important foreign policy achievements."
President Biden's first 100 days: What he's gotten done
President Joe Biden has moved fast since his January 20 swearing-in, signing a $1.9 trillion Covid relief bill into law less than two months into his term and issuing more executive orders so far than his three predecessors. © Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times/Getty Images A first-grader works on an English exercise on the first day of class in Los Angeles on April 13, 2021. Those efforts have paid off, with the administration reaching the milestones of 200 million coronavirus shots delivered and vaccine eligibility opened to everyone 16 and over before Biden's 100th day in office.
According to Su, Biden is, in effect, wielding the U.S. military to project hard power, the purpose of which is to "show the American public there is no suspicion of a so-called Chinagate."
During the 2020 election campaign, Biden's predecessor President"attacked" his rival, Su said. "He claimed ," she added.
The allegations have been fueled by aninto the president's son, , and his business dealings in China and elsewhere.
The increased reconnaissance activity around China is therefore "the most direct means of cleansing himself" of accusations of dovishness, according to Su.
As U.S.-China relations fell to a historic low during the final year of the Trump administration, there was media speculation that Beijing would be happier if Biden won the election.
These theories were largely based on state-affiliated media outlets appearing tounder the Democrat.
How Joe Biden's speech to Congress differs from past presidential addresses
Things will look a lot different during the annual presidential address, from COVID-19 guidelines to history being made behind the podium.The address, which technically is not called the State of the Union, will be the first time a U.S. president speaks to both houses of Congress since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, as former President Donald Trump delivered his last State of the Union on Feb. 4, 2020.
However,following a number of strongly worded statements on China from key cabinet nominees.
At the, President Biden sanctioned the creation of a to scrutinize U.S. defense policy and the challenges posed by the East Asian superpower.
On the foreign policy front, Secretary of Stateis said to be to China, which appears to be one of the few .
Blinken told the Financial Times on Tuesday: "The case that we made to [China] is as follows: we are not about trying to contain China, or to hold China down. What we are about isthat we've invested so much in over many decades.
"And anyone who takes action that would disrupt that order, that would challenge that order, that would seek to undermine it, we're going to stand up and protect it."
Beijing, however, has not backed down and warned the U.S. of its "" before American and Chinese diplomats were involved in a in March.
Why President Joe Biden's speech to Congress was unlike any other in modern history
A joint sessions speech, known for its glad-handing cadence, was bound to be subdued with only 200 folks permitted at an event that can hold 1,500.President Joe Biden's address to a joint session of Congress was unlike any in modern history due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With no more than 200 folks permitted for an event that can hold up to 1,500, an event known for its glad-handing cadence and rousing moments was destined to be subdued.
Weeks before Biden took office, a senior official in the Chinese military had predicted that U.S.-China relations were unlikely to mend completely.
At a forum held in Beijing last December, Guan Youfei—director of the Office for International Military Cooperation—said America's strategic rivalry with China would be "."
China adds few babies, loses workers as its 1.4B people age .
BEIJING (AP) — The number of working-age people in China fell over the past decade as its aging population barely grew, a census showed Tuesday, adding to economic challenges for Chinese leaders who have ambitious strategic goals. The total population rose to 1.411 billion people last year, up 72 million from 2010, according to the once-a-decade census. Weak growth fell closer to zero as fewer couples had children. That adds to challenges forThe total population rose to 1.411 billion people last year, up 72 million from 2010, according to the once-a-decade census. Weak growth fell closer to zero as fewer couples had children.