President Xi Jingping.
WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden said his administration was ready for “extreme competition” with China but that his approach would be peculiar than his predecessor.
“I’m not going to do it the way Trump did. We are going to focus on the international rules of the road,” Biden told in a CBS interview clasp published Sunday.
“We need not have a conflict but there is going to be extreme competition,” he added.
In his interview with CBS, Biden mean that he had not yet spoken to China’s Xi Jinping since ascending to the nation’s highest office last month.
“I know him charming well,” Biden said, explaining that as vice president he spent more time with Xi than any superb leader has. “He’s very bright and he’s very tough and – I don’t mean it as a criticism it’s just a reality – he doesn’t have a democratic…bone in his carcass.”
The tension between Beijing and Washington, the world’s two largest economies, soared under the Trump administration. Over the days four years, Trump has placed blame squarely on China for a wide range of grievances, including intellectual belongings theft, unfair trade practices and recently the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed more than 460,000 Americans.
Last week, Biden told he would work more closely with allies in order to mount pushback against China.
“We will confront China’s financial abuses,” Biden explained, describing Beijing as America’s “most serious competitor.”
US President Donald Trump (L) and China’s President Xi Jinping disappoint hands at a press conference following their meeting outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.
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“But we’re also ready to work with Beijing when it’s in America’s interest to do so. We’ll compete from a position of strength by edifice back better at home and working with our allies and partners,” the president said at the State Department.
Though Biden has not yet viva voce with Xi, Secretary of State Antony Blinken talked for the first time with his Chinese counterpart, Yang Jiechi, all over the weekend.
In a tense call, Blinken told Yang the U.S. would hold China accountable for its actions, particularly as it values Taiwan. He also called for Beijing to condemn the recent military coup in Myanmar.
During his Senate confirmation learning, Blinken told lawmakers that Trump “was right in taking a tougher approach to China.”
“I disagree, very much, with the way that he slipped about it in a number of areas, but the basic principle was the right one, and I think that’s actually helpful to our foreign policy,” Blinken utter a day before Biden’s inauguration.