Two months into his job, US President Joe Biden intends to ‘hold China accountable’ for its aggressions in South China Sea and Taiwan, in a way he has maintained a Donald Trump-style ‘strong line’ against Beijing.
Biden during his run-up to President of the US was not very ‘strong’ on China, but has come about possibly after secret briefings on China’s capabilities have been made to him. US is taking the lead in the Quadrilateral or Quad – a body of US, India, Japan and Australia. Two immediate issues of Quad are, weaning the world away from supply of rare earths from China and joint cooperation in space to tackle the threat of China disrupting satellites of other countries.
Biden has vowed to not allow China to overtake the US in power equation or wealth. He has separately listed artificial intelligence, quantum computing, biotech, among others as investment sectors on which the US shall focus and compete with China.
Biden addressing a Press conference in Washington DC on the afternoon of March 25 said “I met with our allies on how we’re going to hold China accountable in the region: Australia, India, Japan, and the United States — the so-called Quad.”
Biden laid out his plan saying he was going to talk to 27 nations in Europe said “I’m going to invite an alliance of democracies to come here to discuss the future”. US re-establishing alliance does not mean these are ‘anti-China’, that has been conveyed to Chinese President Xi Jinping.
The US is clear that in order to deal with these things in the future, we are going to hold China accountable to follow the rules whether it relates to the South China Sea or the North China Sea, or their agreement made on Taiwan, or a whole range of other things.
Vows to hold back China
US is seeing stiff competition with China. Biden highlighted it saying China has a goal and I don’t criticize them for the goal, but they have an overall goal to become the leading country in the world, the wealthiest country in the world, and the most powerful country in the world.
Biden XI two hour talks with XI
Biden and Xi Jinping have known each other since Biden was Vice President and tasked by Barack Obama to engage with Xi. Both have spent hours on a one –to-one basis. “ He doesn’t have a democratic — with a small “D” — bone in his body,” said Biden at the Pressser on March 25.
Xi and Putin think that autocracy is the wave of the future and democracy can’t function in an ever -complex world.
After becoming President Biden had told Xi that Americans value the notion of freedom. America values human rights. We don’t always live up to our expectations, but it’s a values system. We are founded on that principle. And as long as you and your country continues to so blatantly violate human rights, we’re going to continue, in an unrelenting way, to call to the attention of the world and make it clear — make it clear what’s happening.