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China more of a risky competitor than distant US global rival: report

Biden, XI Jinping virtual meet

Tensions between the US and are not easing as the Biden administration, according to a report, continues Beijing’s hardline policy of Donald Trump, turning it into a one-on-one competition with the Asian country.

The Hong Kong Post said in an op-ed that the Biden administration believes: as a riskier competitor than a distant global rival.

US President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping held a virtual summit last week. During the meeting, they exchanged kind words, but also categorically conveyed the position of their respective countries on ongoing issues.

The two leaders met for three and a half hours on Tuesday.

Biden spoke out about human rights violations, according to a White House statement and Beijing’s trade policy. “President Biden expressed concern about the PRC’s practices in Xinjiang, Tibet and Hong Kong, as well as about human rights in general,” the White House said in a statement.

“He was clear about the need to protect American workers and industries from the unfair trade and economic practices of the PRC,” it said.

President Xi, for his part, raised the issue of US support for Taiwan, and of alliances and groups that have created “divisions” in the world. This was a reference to the Quad grouping, which includes India, and the AUKUS agreement between Australia, the UK and the US to supply nuclear-powered submarines to Canberra.

According to the Hong Kong Post, the two leaders got a benchmark for each other at the summit and it is now the status quo ante.

“There was no conflict that both sides were headed for and there is no one to turn to after the talks. It’s a status quo ante. Both leaders got a measure of each other. After all, they saw each other, albeit on TV screens, for the first time after two previous phone calls and had last physically met when both served as vice presidents under Brack Obama and Hu Jintao,” the report said.

In the coming months, Biden will “bare his teeth” against China, more in the interest of his country’s public as the US midterm elections approach.

“The tensions are not easing, mainly because the under Donald Trump stopped pretending to be friends with China and started a trade war. The Biden administration is continuing that and turning it into a one-on-one competition with China,” the report said.

“In that sense, there has been no change in US policy towards China during two presidencies. If Biden has given any indication, it is that US policy has indeed changed a bit, with China being seen as more of a risky competitor than as a distant global rival,” it added.

(Only the headline and image of this report may have been reworked by Business Standard staff; the rest of the content was automatically generated from a syndicated feed.)

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