Can Biden Stand Up to China?

The United States has followed a diplomatic approach that may be described as “about China, minus China” for the past nine months with President Joe Biden in office.

Biden doesn’t have the strength to stop China

This White House attempted to refocus the United States’ attention to the geopolitical challenges presented by a rising China. This deals with defense, trade, the environment, and COVID-19; although, there has been a minimal direct confrontation between the two competitors.

The administration is now prepping for a series of international meetings in which Biden will not meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping; however, concerns and frustrations between the world’s two largest economies will be on full display.

After weeks of still unresolved discussions over Biden’s idea to spend billions more on U.S. workers and critical businesses, he travels to the G-20 summit in Rome this weekend.

Biden’s pushed such policies by portraying them as the answer to China’s existential danger and urging the rest of the globe to join his fight. However, Xi has chosen to forego the G-20 — and a subsequent climate meeting in Scotland — due to COVID-19.

This is an omission that could be the most significant component of the gatherings, as the world awaits China’s pledges to reduce carbon emissions.

Instead, the communist leader will take part in certain activities remotely, skipping out on the casual pull-asides and chats that often result in the most progress during foreign meetings.

Trump had much better control of things

Biden has only conversed with Xi twice since taking office in January, even though they promised to meet digitally before the end of the year.

Prioritizing the strengthening of America’s domestic & global positions was a priority for Trump. However, there now seems to be a tinge of disappointment a meeting with Xi will not happen sooner.

“In a moment of heightened competition between both the United States and China, leader-level engagement is critical to effectively maintaining this engagement,” White House National Security adviser Jake Sullivan remarked Tuesday, as he foreshadowed the trip.

China, on the other hand, is never far from Biden’s thoughts. The administration wants it to be at the front of Americans’ minds as well.

In practically every speech Biden gives, he alludes to the increasing power. During insignificant policy statements about everything (from the US withdrawal from Afghanistan to his continued quest for trillions in national infrastructure and social expenditure), Biden mentions the need to oppose and coax China.

“We have to demonstrate democracies can perform in the contest of the 21st century between democracies and autocratic regimes,” Biden stated last summer, as he promised the world U.S. COVID-19 vaccines.

Earlier this month, Biden predicted the same “big debate” over the success of democracies, as he argued for lawmakers to lift the nation’s debt ceiling quickly.