Beijing – In terms of US-China relations, the Biden administration has inherited a relationship under tremendous strain. The two powers have quarreled over tradeand the .
So what are the next steps that both sides should take?
According to Victor Gao, director of the China National Association of International Studies in Beijing, President Biden’s move to the White House creates “a very rare and important opportunity for China and the United States to reconnect on the basis of decency.” and mutual respect. ”
Mr Biden has been criticized in the US for being liked or even loved by China, especially when compared to his predecessor who took a tough line on Beijing. But Gao doesn’t think criticism will hinder the new US leader.
“The real litmus test should be whether it is in the basic interests of the American people to be tough on China,” he said. “We can see with certainty that Trump was very tough on China in his four years. But he did not serve the basic interests of the American people.”
But opposition to China’s policies isn’t just for Republicans. Leading Democrats have also beaten Beijing for it in recent months, and be , amongst other things.
“The Chinese people are not an enemy of the American people,” Gao said, and he had suggestions on a number of topics that could be quickly agreed upon to build trust between the two nations.
“China and the United States must speak to each other immediately to reopen thisand the American “He said, referring to diplomatic posts that were closed when relations collapsed last year.” Based on these simple approaches, we can move on to other things. For example climate change. For example, in close cooperation with the WHO in the middle of this pandemic. “
However, working together on the coronavirus crisis can be difficult. Not least because Beijing is advancing the theory, with no apparent scientific basis, that COVID-19 originated elsewhere in the world.
“I think it will be unfair if, for example, there is an interest in doing the investigation [into the origin of COVID-19] is based on the assumption that China created the virus, or that the virus only came from China or Wuhan, “Gao said.” We now know that many countries, including Spain, Italy, France, Japan, etc., reported in scientific journals that the virus was discovered before the outbreak. “
During the campaign, Mr. Biden called President Xi Jinping a thug.
“President Xi Jinping has met with Joe Biden many times,” said Gao. “I think they can get along.”
A big question is now whenThe next personal meeting of the two men could take place. It took President Trump two and a half months to meet Xi and four and a half months for President Obama.
China’s borders are currently closed to almost all non-citizens due to the coronavirus.
In the US, Mr Biden himself says the epidemic will get worse before it gets better, so Xi may be forgiven for wanting to wait and see.