Joe Biden to ‘cooperate with China’ and offer ‘more stable approach’ to Trump trade war

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President Trump has long accused China of unfair trading practices and the theft of intellectual property, while in China, the view exists of the US seeing the country as a threat and so, tries to curb its rise as an economic global superpower. Negotiations are ongoing but have proven very difficult between President Trump and General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party, Xi Jinping. Mr Trump’s tariffs policy is aimed at encouraging American consumers to buy home-grown goods by making imported items from China much more expensive.

President Trump has imposed tariffs on more than £268billion worth of Chinese goods, and China hit back with tariffs on more than £110billion worth of US products.

Washington DC delivered three rounds of tariffs in 2018, and the fourth one in September 2019, while Beijing retaliated with tariffs ranging from five to 25 percent set on US goods.

Under the ‘Phase One’ deal signed in January, China promised to boost imports by £200billion above 2017 levels while also reinforcing intellectual property rules.

The US has agreed to halve some of the newly-imposed tariffs on China and deal with any additional issues in a ‘Phase Two’ deal.

While many Trump supporters are undoubtedly hoping for a continuation of the President’s hostile policy towards the power, one expert has now claimed Joe Biden will seek to “cooperate with China” in an effort to display a “more stable approach” to Trump’s trade war.

Professor of International Relations at London Metropolitan University, Dr Andrew Moran told President Biden “has already made it clear he favours a multilateral approach to tackling the major foreign policy issues the US faces”.

Dr Moran said: “Biden is entering a relationship with China that is different to the one he left as Vice-President four years ago.

“He may seek to co-operate with China where there is a mutual interest, not least regarding climate change and, possibly, North Korea’s nuclear programme.

“At the very least, Biden will offer a more stable approach, rather than the erratic policy of President Trump.”

China will likely be in for a shock with the Biden administration, as it will undoubtedly follow a more comprehensive and less brash approach to international relations.

Dr Moran explained: “China may discover a more assertive America that seeks to rebuild the political and moral leadership damaged by the Trump presidency.

“Simultaneously, it will face up to the challenges posed by China as it attempts to weaken America’s global influence.”

In addition, China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has proved problematic to other superpowers around the world.

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The plan, also known as One Belt One Road, is a global infrastructure development strategy adopted by the Chinese Government in 2013 in an effort to invest in nearly 70 countries and international organisations.

While the plan seems generous on the surface, there are a number of problems with the scheme and has brought rise to concerns of control surrounding the Chinese state.

The plan provides jobs, new industry and modernisation to economically-vulnerable third world countries across the globe while simultaneously widening China’s influence.

One school of thought suggests China’s BRI is designed to lay “debt traps” which shackle China’s partners to the authoritarian state and allow Beijing to seize strategic assets abroad as compensation for unpaid loans and contracts.

One thing is absolutely certain – the challenge China poses to the international community is a complex one.

Dr Moran added: “Whilst it seeks to increase its influence regionally, not least controlling the shipping lanes it needs to keep open as a mercantilist nation in the South China seas, its global ambitions remain unclear.

“Many are concerned that China may feel it is now emerging from a ‘century of humiliation’ at the hands of the West, which stretches back to the Opium Wars and beyond.”

Dr Moran said this was highlighted recently by China’s disregard for Western concerns over the clamp down on the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong, and the detention of more than one millions Muslim Uighurs in Xinjiang.

The Professor concluded: “Not surprisingly, some commentators have suggested the Trump presidency, and its embarrassing end, have undermined America’s democratic values and significantly emboldened China’s leaders.

“This has increased their confidence in the superiority of their own system and allowed them to ridicule the West when approaching potential client states.”

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