US President-elect Joe Biden has said he wants to make sure China plays by the rules and announced his administration will join the World Health Organization.
Biden was responding to a question Thursday about his comments during presidential debates that he wanted to punish China for the way Beijing behaved. He was asked if this could include economic sanctions or tariffs on China, the world’s second-largest economy.
In April, President Donald Trump announced that the United States would withdraw from the WHO, accusing the UN organization of failing to supervise the outbreak of the coronavirus as it began to spread in China.
“It’s not so much about punishing China, but making sure China understands that it has to play by the rules. It’s a simple proposition, ”Biden said during a meeting with a bipartisan group of governors in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware.
He said that was one of the reasons his administration was going to join the World Health Organization.
“We will also join it from day one and we must reform, recognize and join the Paris Climate Agreement. And we have to make sure the rest of the world and we come together and make sure the Chinese understand some correct lines, ”said Biden, a Democrat.
President Trump’s four years in power have been the worst phase in China-U.S. Relations as the ruling Chinese Communist Party, led by President Xi Jinping, struggled to cope with what Chinese officials see as the most elusive and unpredictable US leader since former US President Richard Nixon. in 1972, established ties with the communist nation.
During his tenure, Trump, a Republican, aggressively lobbied all aspects of US-China relations, including with his relentless trade war, challenging China’s military hold on the contested South China Sea , his constant threats against Taiwan and calling the coronavirus a “Chinese virus” “after it left Wuhan in December of last year.
Chinese strategic experts said Biden’s entry into the White House should provide an opportunity for breakthroughs in resuming high-level communication and rebuilding mutual strategic trust between the two major countries.
A day earlier, Senator Jim Risch, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, published a majority report entitled “The United States and Europe: A Concrete Agenda for Transatlantic Cooperation on China”, in order to advance greater collaboration between the United States and Europe on the challenges. posed by China.
“We must be prepared to work with our allies and trusted partners to counter an increasingly confrontational China that attempts to undermine prosperity, security and good governance in all regions of the globe,” Risch said.
According to the report, the United States and Europe increasingly agree that China poses significant political, economic and even security challenges. Lawmakers and parliamentarians on both sides of the Atlantic have played an active and leading role in evolving approaches to address these challenges.
The next step is to transform this growing agreement into a constructive and concrete transatlantic agenda to defend shared interests and values.
The report offers concrete ideas for collaboration in six key areas to combat malicious political influences, protect the integrity of international organizations, combat anti-competitive business and economic practices, invest in future technologies and shape their use, and address challenges. China’s security implications. strategic investments in energy, transport and digital infrastructure through “One Belt, One Road” (OBOR) and invigorating partnerships in Africa and the Indo-Pacific region.
The Chinese military has flexed its muscles in the strategically vital Indo-Pacific region and is also engaged in highly controversial territorial disputes in the South China Sea and the East China Sea.
Beijing claims almost all of the 1.3 million square kilometers of the South China Sea as its sovereign territory. China has built military bases on man-made islands in the region also claimed by Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam.
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