World Joe Biden's Stance Against China Is Radically Different From Donald Trump's
Biden announces Indo-Pacific alliance with UK, Australia
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden announced Wednesday that the United States is forming a new Indo-Pacific security alliance with Britain and Australia that will allow for greater sharing of defense capabilities — including helping equip Australia with nuclear-powered submarines. It's a move that could deepen a growing chasm in U.S.-China relations. Biden made the announcement alongside British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who joined him by video to unveil the new alliance, which will be called AUKUS (pronounced AWK-us).
Ties between the United States andremain at rock bottom eight months into 's presidency, despite in Beijing that the could help reset the consequential relationship after four years of hostility under .
The two governments are communicating again, but they appear to be talking at cross purposes, each declaring its own fundamental principles in front of an interlocutor that may as well be wholly absent from the conversation.
France recalls ambassadors to US, Australia over submarine deal
The diplomatic row came over a broken contract by Australia to buy French submarines in the wake of a new security pact by Australia, the US and the UK.Philippe Étienne, France's ambassador to the United States, and his counterpart in Australia were recalled to Paris "for consultations" at the request of French President Emmanuel Macron, said Jean-Yves Le Drian, France's minister for Europe and foreign affairs.
Whilefor the reversal of targeting China and especially the , Biden is quietly—and —bringing to bear America's strengths for what he has likened to an existential battle of the systems between democracy and authoritarianism.
Thebehind Trump's trade war and coronavirus strife may be gone, but Biden's calmer tone masks deeper calculations that, when viewed together, have never made the "China containment theory" seem so real. Beijing has seen efforts by the U.S. to challenge it militarily, but it now faces fierce competition in the realms of economics, technology, diplomacy and even international leadership in global health.
Biden's struggles with China and Europe invite unwelcome Trump comparisons
President Joe Biden campaigned on his foreign policy credentials, but he and Chinese President Xi Jinping are locked in a great power stalemate while Biden alienates long-standing European allies. © Provided by Washington Examiner Biden has denounced China for alleged human rights abuses against Uyghur Muslims and Beijing's failure to cooperate with investigations into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic.
Washington, D.C., has rivaled Beijing'sand seeks to in developing countries. It has mounted these challenges through coalition building, leaving China to repeatedly fume over what it calls " ."
Chinese officials and the country's state news outlets in particular haveAmerica's failures when it hasn't been up to the mark, but there is little evidence that China's attempts to discredit the U.S. are taking hold outside of intended audiences. More importantly, America trudges on, and U.S.-led efforts to secure the existing international order show no signs of slowing down.
"Trump largely saw any competition with mainland China in exclusively U.S. vs. PRC [People's Republic of China] terms, while Biden appears to see things through the prism of the free world at large (with America in the lead) vs. Beijing," said Sean King, senior vice president at the Park Strategies consultancy in New York.
Inside Biden's falling poll numbers: 5 reasons why the president's approval ratings have dropped
Perhaps most troubling for President Biden: His support among independent voters – who helped carry him to victory over Donald Trump – has cratered.Biden's job approval dipped below 50% in several polls for the first time last month, and this week brought new lows: Gallup found Biden's approval rating has fallen to 43%, a 6-percentage point drop since August and the lowest of his presidency. A new Pew Research Center survey released Thursday has Biden's approval rating at 44%.
"The Washington-Beijing rivalry's here to stay," King added. "And Biden seems to want to bring as many nations and peoples as he can along with him."
, a fellow at 's , said the Biden administration's comprehensive approach to Beijing was the result of "structural changes" in the bilateral relationship, with the U.S. perceiving a direct challenge to universal values such as freedom and democracy.
The nations are competing in traditional arenas but now also trying to address the issue of nuclear balance, he told Newsweek.
"China's DF-41 [intercontinental ballistic missiles—s] and in can travel a shorter distance across the North Pole and strike the U.S. mainland more quickly," Su said. The Chinese navy's nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines can also threaten the continental U.S. if they cross the south of Taiwan and access the Philippine Sea in the Western Pacific, he added.
The recently announced AUKUS security pact—to providewith —and the to the leadership level are other indicators of U.S. attempts to counter not only China's military expansion, but also its influence in emerging technologies and agenda-setting international organizations.
Let's tone down the rhetoric on China and try genuine dialogue
The rhetoric is ratcheting up popular nationalist reactions in both countries that may close off diplomatic options. There are dangerous implications if dialogue between the world's two most powerful nations is inhibited by domestic politics. Territorial claims by China in the South China Sea could lead to naval conflict. China is fast developing a nuclear arsenal. A peaceful resolution of the Taiwan issue may no longer be viable. China has been an ally in the effort to revive the nuclear agreement with Iran and can be helpful in Afghanistan. And the U.S.
Since Biden's inauguration in January, he and senior members of his administration have insisted that, in spite of intensifying competition, cooperation with China is possible and even preferable. Climate action and global health are considered low-hanging fruit and often cited as areas where Washington and Beijing can come together.
However, observers have questioned the viability and coherence of this posture in light of the U.S.'s pledge to continue confronting China on fundamental issues such asas well as against countries with views that diverge from those in Beijing. Crucially, China has made clear its own position on what it sees as America's attempt to have its cake and eat it too.
As recently as Wednesday, China's envoy in Washington, Qin Gang, warned: "The United States should not expect China's cooperation in areas where only the U.S. has demand and interests, while neglecting or even undermining China's interests at the same time, in particular on theseconcerning China's sovereignty and territorial integrity."
Despite delays with $3.5T plan, Biden vows to 'get it done' .
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has pledged at the Capitol to “get it done” as Democrats strained to rescue a scaled-back version of his $3.5 trillion government-overhaul plan and salvage a related public works bill after days of frantic negotiations. But it's not getting done right now. Biden huddled with House Democrats on their home ground in a private meeting Friday that was part instructional, part morale booster for the tattered caucus of lawmakers, telling them he wanted both bills passed regardless of the time it takes. He discussed a compromise topline of $1.9 trillion to more than $2 trillion for his bigger vision, according to lawmakers in the room.