Joe Biden signals tough approach against China

New Delhi: US President-elect Joe Biden has signalled a tough approach against China and called for coalitions of like-minded states in handling the challenges emanating from Beijing. “As we compete with China and hold China’s government accountable for its abuses on trade, technology, human rights and other fronts, our position will be much stronger when we build coalitions of like-minded partners and allies,” said Biden, who will assume office on January 20. While he did not name India, New Delhi figures high on any American plan to balance China in the Indo-Pacific.

“On any issue that matters to the US-China relationship — from pursuing a foreign policy for the middle class, including a trade and economic agenda that protects American workers, our intellectual property and the environment, to ensuring security and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region to championing human rights — we are stronger and more effective when we are flanked by nations that share our vision,” Biden said.

Biden’s remarks, which will be monitored world over, came after a meeting with his transition team of foreign policy and national security nominees and officials. The remarks assume significance in the light of the European Union appearing close to signing a bilateral investment agreement with China. As part of the deal, European businesses are expected to gain unprecedented access in telecommunications, finance and electric and hybrid cars.


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