Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi called on Washington to lift anti-Chinese duties and sanctions, as well as abandon attempts to suppress China’s technological progress. Earlier, White House head Joe Biden called on US allies to prepare for strategic rivalry with China and accused Beijing of economic abuses. Experts doubt that the 46th President of the United States will revise the course initiated by Donald Trump towards China, but they do not exclude a softening of Washington’s rhetoric.
China called on the United States to restore relations between the countries destroyed during the presidency of Donald Trump. This statement was made by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in his speech at the opening of the Lanting Forum in Beijing. This year’s forum is dedicated to the theme “Promoting Dialogue and Cooperation, Controlling and Managing Differences: Getting Sino-US Relations Back On Track.”
Wang Yi stated that relations between China and the United States are going through difficult times. According to the Chinese side, the reason for this was the policy of the previous US administration.
The minister stressed that Beijing welcomes the growing success of American enterprises in China and will continue to take effective measures to improve its business environment.
“At the same time, we hope that the American side will correct its policy as soon as possible, including: it will abolish unreasonable duties on Chinese goods, lift its unilateral sanctions against Chinese companies, research institutes and educational institutions, and also refuse from the unreasonable suppression of China’s technological progress in order to create the necessary conditions for Sino-American cooperation, “said Wang Yi.
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The diplomat expressed the hope that Washington will take action as soon as possible to lift restrictions on Chinese educational and cultural groups, media and institutions of China’s overseas activities in the United States.
In addition, Beijing hopes that the American side “will remove obstacles to cooperation of subnational governments and social sectors of the United States with China, and also encourage and support the resumption of standard exchange programs between universities and research institutes and student exchange programs.”
Note that earlier Joe Biden held his first telephone conversation as President of the United States with President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping. During the conversation, the head of the White House expressed concern about “Beijing’s coercive and unfair practices in the economy”, human rights violations in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, politics in Hong Kong, as well as Beijing’s aggressive actions towards Taiwan. At the same time, the leaders exchanged views on topics such as countering the COVID-19 pandemic, global warming and non-proliferation of weapons.
Earlier, the head of the White House said that, although there is intense competition between the United States and China, countries should not conflict.
The 46th President of the United States also spoke about competition with China in his speech at the Munich conference on February 19.
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“You know, we should all prepare together for a long-term strategic rivalry with China … We need to fight back the economic abuse and coercion that the Chinese government is using that undermines the foundations of the international economic system. Everyone – absolutely everyone – must follow the same rules, ”said Joe Biden.
We will remind, earlier the political rival of Biden Donald Trump accused the Democrat of selfish ties with Beijing, and also predicted that if the candidate from the Democratic Party wins the elections, China will “take over” America.
However, the administration of the 46th President of the United States may partly maintain the course started by Trump towards the PRC. This was previously reported by the American media, citing sources in high-ranking US circles.
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“We have reviewed the actions of the Trump administration over the past four years and believe that the basic thesis about the intense strategic rivalry with China and the fact that we need to act decisively and systematically using all the tools of our government and our power is justified,” National Public Radio said as saying source from among officials.
According to the source, Biden plans to keep the duties imposed by Trump against the PRC until further consideration.
“We believe that we will need to be very careful, in consultation with our allies and partners, in consultation with Congress, to explore all the sources of economic influence at our disposal and to put forward a bolder, more effective trade strategy towards China, starting from the existing tariffs.” , – said the source.
At the same time, the new US administration also expresses its political claims to Beijing.
Earlier, in a telephone conversation with Yang Jiechi, head of the Chancellery of the Chinese Communist Party’s Foreign Affairs Committee, State Department head Anthony Blinken announced Washington’s plans to “hold Beijing accountable” for a number of actions. We are talking about the actions of the PRC, “threatening stability in the Indo-Pacific region, in particular in the Taiwan Strait.”
In addition, Blinken said the United States will “continue to uphold democratic values and human rights” in Xinjiang, Tibet and Hong Kong.
In response, Yang Jiechi urged the United States not to interfere in China’s internal affairs.
As Pavel Feldman, deputy director of the Institute for Strategic Studies and Forecasts of the RUDN University, noted in a RT commentary, it would be a mistake to believe that Biden will become a “pro-Chinese” president.
“The decisions made by Trump with respect to the PRC are already difficult to reverse, since they have become part of American economic realities. The increase in import tariffs for Chinese products stimulated the development of the American economy and manufacturing. In addition, it allowed European countries to expand their exports to the United States. And Biden is interested in good relations with the EU, he will not sacrifice European imports for the sake of Chinese, ”the expert explained.
According to the Deputy Director of the IMEMO named after E.M. Primakov of the Russian Academy of Sciences Alexander Lomanov, the most serious competition between Beijing and Washington is now unfolding in the technological field, and the rivalry will only grow. At the same time, the expert does not believe that the trade war was beneficial to the American economy.
“The trade confrontation with the PRC did not bring much benefit to the United States. Trump’s measures were overwhelming and hit ordinary American consumers. Therefore, we can expect that in the future the Biden administration will reduce tariffs on imports of Chinese consumer goods, ”the expert said in an interview with RT.
At the same time, the United States is doing a lot to create a united anti-Chinese “front” with Europe under the pretext of fighting human rights violations, the expert said.
“However, the key goal is to ensure that European countries do not transfer modern technologies to China and do not buy Chinese technologies. In the modern world, it is difficult to draw the line between political, ideological competition and the struggle of countries for leadership in the field of high technologies, ”added Alexander Lomanov.
Recall that Joe Biden’s predecessor as President of the United States, Donald Trump, made the issue of confronting China one of the key topics of his election program in 2016. The emphasis was on trade and economic relations – since the early 2000s, the US trade deficit has been growing in the structure of trade with the PRC.
Trump accused Beijing of deliberately manipulating the yuan exchange rate to stimulate exports and demanded that China increase its imports of American goods. In addition, the politician insisted on withdrawing the production sites of American companies from China and returning them to the United States.
The Trump administration has launched a trade war with China. So, in the summer of 2018, Washington imposed duties of 25% on the import of more than 800 types of products from China in the amount of $ 34 billion per year.
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The exchange of tariff restrictions has led to a reduction in the US trade deficit, but the imbalance in trade remains. At the end of 2019, the imbalance amounted to $ 345 billion, while a year earlier this figure was about $ 419 billion.
In early 2020, Beijing and Washington came to an agreement on the so-called first phase of the trade deal. The parties agreed that the PRC will increase imports of American goods for a total of $ 200 billion.
However, this did not help improve US-China relations. The spread of COVID-19 has become a pretext for new attacks on China from the White House. Trump has publicly called China the culprit of the pandemic.
On the eve of new presidential elections, the Republican stepped up anti-Chinese rhetoric and promised to finally eliminate the US dependence on Chinese industry in the event of his re-election.
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While Biden’s rhetoric is different from Trump’s harsh attacks, experts doubt that US-China relations will begin to thaw in the foreseeable future.
“Most likely, Biden can reduce trade duties on a number of goods, such as clothing, but at the same time he will require reciprocal steps from the PRC. And it will be a difficult process, since the Chinese side considers the duties unjustified. The White House will not rebuild cooperation in technology, as the US views China as a dangerous technology competitor. In this area, the confrontation will only grow, ”says Alexander Lomanov.
Pavel Feldman assesses the prospects for US-China relations in a similar way. According to the expert, the maximum that can be improved is the public rhetoric of the White House, which will choose a more restrained and correct tone in relation to Beijing.
“In practice, however, the United States will stick to the previous line, as China has become its main competitor in the trade sphere. Now the Chinese economy is growing at a fast pace, and the American one is also growing, but more slowly. It is this lag in pace that worries Washington. At the same time, China and the United States depend on each other as the main production site and a key exporter of high technologies. They cannot do without cooperation, so Beijing and Washington will remain warring partners, whether they like it or not, ”the expert concluded.
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