The US and China will remain at odds under President Joe Biden

Think Tank America: Washington – Beijing remains at odds under President Joe Biden

Relations between the US and China were inherently distant before Donald Trump became President, and the trend continued under the Joe Biden administration.

Instead of integrating into cooperation, the two world economic superpowers tend to separate in many areas from trade to technology. Photo: AFP

It is difficult for American businesses to stay in China

Senior Advisor at Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Mr. William Reinsch, said: “Mr. Trump has made things worse. But it must be affirmed that the split in US-China relations started before Trump took office and this trend will continue. No matter what Mr. Joe Biden does. I don’t think he (Biden) will order companies to leave (the Chinese market), but I don’t think he will encourage them to stay. ” .

US-China trade tensions have escalated in recent years. Although the two sides reached a “truce” – a phase 1 trade agreement in January 2020, the conflict between the two sides did not stop at trade, but also spread to other areas such as technology and finance. This led to concerns that the US and China could “separate”. That is, instead of cooperative integration, the two largest economies in the world will separate in many fields from trade to technology.

Within the framework of the 2021 Davos Agenda of the World Economic Forum (WEF), Mr. Reinsch said: “It is difficult for American businesses to ‘live’ in China”. “To be honest, China’s recent actions have made it very difficult for companies to stay there, especially those in the consumer and retail sectors,” Reinsch added.

According to the expert, the actions above include China’s alleged repression of the Uighurs, a minority group living mainly in western China.

Beyond “think tank “such global prestige The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), the Australian Institute of Strategic Policy also shared that Uighurs were moved to factories across China and forced to work.

According to CNBC, the State Department and the US Department of Labor have also issued reports documenting the situation of Uighurs being forced into labor in China.

Meanwhile, China denies the allegations as “false information”, and affirmed in December 2020 that “all ethnic groups in Xinjiang choose to careers according to their wishes. surname”.

The New York Times reported in late 2020 that Apple, Nike, and Coca-Cola were lobbying to weaken a bill banning imports of goods related to forced labor. Nike said it had campaigned against the bill, while Apple and Coca-Cola insisted that the two companies ban forced labor and conduct checks of supply chains to enforce related regulations. .

In addition, expert William Reinsch from Center for Strategic and International Studies also arguing that China’s “aggressive” actions in the South China Sea are controversial between Beijing and Washington. China claims most of the 1.4 million square miles of the South China Sea are “own”, although a 2016 ruling by the International Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague has rejected the claim.

“These (actions) have an impact on US businesses, it is very difficult for (they) to insist on continuing to do business with China in that situation,” Mr. Reinsch said.

Referring to Chinese President Xi Jinping’s call for more resilience, Mr. Reinsch said: “China’s policies are an important part of the problem. And I think that if you listen to the reviews of Xi Jinping from time to time (China’s President), Xi Jinping is in favor of a certain degree of separation.

Kprelude “for diplomatic negotiations

Over the weekend, the US-China tensions seemed to become more serious. Reuters reported that China sent fighter jets into Taiwan’s air defense identification zone on January 23 and 24, while Taiwan responded by sending its own air force to monitor operations. this.

In a related statement, the US State Department urged China to stop putting pressure on Taiwan. The United States has also sent an aircraft carrier strike group into the South China Sea to promote “freedom of sea”.

However, Li Daokui, professor of economics at Tsinghua University (Beijing), said he did not “worry much” about developments in Taiwan.

“I believe… (that) is the prelude to a new round of diplomatic negotiations between… China and the US. So, before any negotiations, you have to make some moves to express … your overall perspective, “commented Prof. Li Daokui.

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