American voters have now divorced Trump, making way for a reset of our U.S.
Trump ran for office accusing China of manipulating its currency to “rape” America’s economy. He made false promises to weary American workers harmed by automation, technology, and global trade that he would end China’s rogue behavior on trade and “Make America Great Again.”
President Trump began his presidency
Foreshadowing trade tension at the time, Trump told Fox News, “I fully understand the ‘One China’ policy, but I don’t know why we have to be bound by a ‘One China’ policy unless we make a deal with China having to do with other things, including trade.”
In 2018, The Trump administration further escalated tensions by announcing huge tariffs on China, raising trade war anxieties. American businesses, farmers, and consumers have since paid for these Trump policies.
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, in what was viewed as a turning point in US-China relations, stepped up attacks on China in a speech to the conservative Hudson Institute. Robert Daly, Director of the Kissinger Institute on the United States and China at the Wilson Centre called the speech, “a declaration of a comprehensively adversarial relationship with China
When the COVID pandemic burst on the scene in early 2020, an already splintered relationship was shattered.
Surrounded by China hawks, Trump blamed China for
Will Change Bring Progress?
The Chinese philosopher, Lao Tzu, reminds us that “a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
Historically, U.S.-China relations have never been a straight line or an easy journey. When Mao Zedong came to power establishing the People’s Republic of China (PRC) on October 1, 1949
Through its own actions, China has certainly brought on many of its own problems. But Trump and his merry anti-China crew have also left significant collateral damage to clean up, not only in the halls of power in Washington, D
The favorable reception of China has grown more negative around the world, especially in advancing economies. According to a recent Pew Research Center survey,
Elections Have Consequences
Elections are an artery through which American ideals, freedom, and democracy flow. While Trump garnered a significant portion of the vote, the majority of those voting clearly rejected his erratic behavior, gross mismanagement of the COVID pandemic in the U.S., and his theatrical antics during the past 4 years.
U.S. elections are the American people’s way of hitting the reset button. Reading the Biden - China tea leaves, what then might we expect from
The well of goodwill between the U.S. and China has soured in the halls of power both in Washington, D.C. and in Beijing.
On both sides of the U.S. political aisle
Expect Biden’s China policies to differ more in style than in substance from the past four years of Trump. Biden has framed China’s actions under Xi as a serious challenge and threat to the West and democracies in general
Biden will continue to push back against China while working to build coalitions among our allies to counteract Beijing’s climb. Friction will remain with China on trade, human and workers’ rights, intellectual property theft, the breaking of international trade rules,
Biden says he wants to work with President Xi and believes building deeper U.S.-China cooperation is possible and essential on climate change, nuclear weapons, the pandemic, the global economy and other issues.
He also understands that remaining competitive and ahead of China hinges on U.S. creativity and innovation, leading the future along with uniting the world’s nations to stand up to China’s authoritarianism around the globe.
America needs more than bellicose chest-thumping to counteract China on issues of vital national interest
Biden seems to understand that America cannot coast and remain number one. He understands America cannot bully China and that going forward, every major global issue will intersect at the corner of Washington D.C. and Beijing. America needs to communicate, collaborate, and coordinate our actions when and where we can.
Biden has watched China build up its nation constructing roads, rail lines, air and seaports while investing in its people, education, and technology. He seems to have taken this investment to heart and knows that we, too, need to invest in America if we wish to lead in the future.
Build Back Better
The Biden campaign theme “Build Back America Better” will require more than making China the bogeyman and playing that old ‘China blame game’. America has serious problems that need to be addressed stateside. America needs to focus its efforts on investing in America’s future.
Biden’s campaign has focused on and championed the ‘little guy’ – working and middle-class Americans. He has pledged to stand up for them.
We may see a new and improved revision of the Obama Administration’s Asia-Pacific trade deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), to not simply counteract China’s influence in the region but to leverage the strength of the West in the 21st
These questions remain: How much geopolitical
Trump is gone. The U.S. and China remain superpowers. How our respective leaders
If a “journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step