US-China Relations in the Biden Era

The Hinckley Institute Radio Hour (Original air date: March 31, 2021) – Today a panel discussion on what to expect from US-China relations during the Biden administration, as well as the long history between the two nations and where we are going from here.

The United States and China are the two largest economies in the world, with China set to overshadow the U.S. economy within a decade. But economic issues are just the first in a long list of US-China collaborations and strife. Disagreements over international standards, geopolitical control, intellectual property and national sovereignty have regularly put China and the US at odds on the global stage. In addition, Biden’s predecessor Donald Trump often blamed China for the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic — a sentiment that has led to a demonstrable rise in anti-Asian racism in the United States.

In November, President Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping discussed several critical issues between the two countries during a three-and-a-half-hour virtual summit. Xi specifically warned that supporting Taiwanese independence would “play with fire” and criticized US moves to create political blocs in the Pacific. Biden spoke in support of “guard rails” to prevent future disagreements from turning into outright conflict. The two world leaders also plan to hold future nuclear weapons talks as both countries prepare to strengthen their nuclear arsenals.

Today’s panel digs into the complexities of US-China relations and discusses where they can go next. Panelists include Steve On, associate professor of political science at National Sun Yat-sen University, and Yanqi Tong, professor of political science at the University of Utah. Today’s discussion is moderated by Ann Lopez, forum host of the Hinckley Institute.

This forum was set up in collaboration with the Asia Center at the University of Utah.

This forum was incorporated on March 1, 2021.


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