US President-elect Joe Biden said he wanted to make sure China abides by the rules and announced that his government would rejoin the World Health Organization.
Joe Biden answered a question on Thursday about his comments during the presidential debates that he wanted to punish China for its behavior in Beijing. 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 US would leave the WHO and accused the UN agency of not monitoring the coronavirus outbreak as it spread in China.
“It’s not so much about punishing China as making sure China understands that it has to obey the rules. It’s a simple proposition,” said Joe Biden during a meeting with a non-partisan group of governors in his hometown in Wilmington, Delaware.
He said this was one of the reasons his government would rejoin the World Health Organization.
“We will re-join on the first day too and it has to be reformed, recognized and re-acceded to the Paris Climate Agreement. And we have to make sure that the rest of the world and we come together and make sure there are certain right lines that the Chinese understand,” said Joe Biden, a Democrat.
President Trump’s four years in power marked the worst phase in China-US relations when the ruling Chinese Communist Party, led by President Xi Jinping, struggled to deal with what Chinese officials considered difficult Calling the most tangible and unpredictable American leader since former US President Richard Nixon in 1972, he forged links with the communist nation.
During his tenure, Trump, a Republican, aggressively pushed on all aspects of US-China relations, including its relentless trade war, and challenged China’s military influence over the controversial South China Sea, its ongoing threats to Taiwan, and the labeling of the coronavirus as “China Virus “out” after emerging from Wuhan last December.
Chinese strategic experts said Joe Biden entering the White House is expected to provide the opportunity for breakthroughs in resuming high-level communications and rebuilding mutual strategic trust between the two major countries.
A day earlier, Senator Jim Risch, chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released a majority report entitled “The United States and Europe: A Concrete Agenda for Transatlantic Cooperation in China” to advance US-European cooperation on the challenges posed by China.
“We must be ready to work with our trusted allies and partners to counter an increasingly confrontational China that is trying to undermine prosperity, security and good governance in all regions of the world,” said Jim Risch.
According to the report, the US and Europe are increasingly agreeing that China poses significant political, economic and even security challenges. Legislators and parliamentarians on both sides of the Atlantic have played an active and leading role in shifting approaches to address these challenges.
The next step is to turn this growing agreement into a constructive and concrete transatlantic agenda in defense of common interests and values.
The report presents specific ideas for working together in six key areas to ward off malicious political influences, protect the integrity of international organizations, combat anti-competitive trade and economic practices, invest in and use future technologies, and manage 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.
The Chinese military has tensed its muscles in the strategically important Indo-Pacific region and is also embroiled in hotly contested territorial disputes in both the South China Sea and the East China Sea.
Beijing claims almost all of the 1.3 million square miles of the South China Sea as territory. China has established military bases on man-made islands in the region, which are also claimed by Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam.