President Joe Biden has promised that he will step up diplomacy and pursue a cooperative approach with US allies to address the challenges posed by China. However, Washington’s allies do not seem to share a vision with the new US administration.
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Mr. Biden’s strategy to unite friendly states to put pressure on Beijing is facing the possibility of disintegration as US partners such as Germany and France have openly signaled that they are not on the same page. with Washington.
French President Emmanuel Macron last week spoke out against the idea of building an anti-China alliance. He called the measure “counterproductive“.
“This is the one most likely scenario leading to a conflict“, Macron said on Wednesday in an interview with the Council of Oceans – a group of policy research.
“For me, this measure is counterproductive because it will motivate China to increase its regional strategy“, Mr. Macron said, adding that building a coalition dealing with China will also discourage the regime from cooperating on global issues such as responding to climate change.
The comments mentioned above by President Macron came after German Chancellor Angela Merkel refused to work with the US to contain China.
“I really want to blame alliances“, Ms. Merkel said at the World Economic Forum Davos on 26/1. “I don’t think many societies would benefit if we were going to say ‘this is the United States and that is China and we will gather around one side or the other’. This is not my view of how we should follow [trong việc ứng phó với Trung Quốc]”.
The Biden administration is seeing cooperation with allies as a cornerstone of its policy on China to tackle a range of thorny issues, from trade to human rights and Hong Kong.
Human rights advocacy groups in Germany have been urging Prime Minister Merkel’s government to take tougher measures against the Chinese regime regarding Hong Kong and Tibet issues, but the interests The mix between Berlin and Beijing has been a problem, critics say.
The Finacial Times writer Philip Stephens did not consider Germany a reliable US partner because of Berlin’s economic interests in China and Russia.
“Berlin cannot count on choosing between human rights and the overseas deals of Volkswagen, BMW, or Mercedes”Mr. Stephens wrote in a recent Financial Times comment.
Meanwhile, Ms. Merkel has been pushing for the completion of the EU-China business investment agreement on December 30, 2020, only a few weeks before Biden entered office.
This comprehensive seven-year negotiated agreement gives EU investors access to the larger Chinese market. Beijing has also agreed to ensure fair treatment of EU companies and deal with forced labor issues.
The Biden administration has criticized the above agreement between the EU and China because Brussels did not consult with the new administration in the US before signing with Beijing.
So far, it is unclear how Mr. Biden’s White House will work with allies to tackle challenges coming from China.
Mr. Celte Willems, a former key trade negotiator and former deputy director of the National Economic Council during the Trump administration, supported his strategy of working with Biden allies. But, Willems also recognized the EU’s economic relationship with China as a major setback [cho chiến lược của ông Biden].
“If the strategy [của ông Biden] to succeed, there really needs to be more ambitions from the EU“Mr. Willems told The Epoch Times.
Willems said the EU should be more assertive in its fight for market-oriented trade policies despite pressures from the business community and the Chinese regime.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Thursday dodged answering a question from the press when she was asked if the Biden administration could depend on the EU, after the latest statements by French President Macron.
“This administration sees the United States as engaging in strategic competition with China, and technology is a central area in that competition.“, Ms. Psaki answered the reporter’s question and added that the Biden administration will not allow Beijing to harm America’s leadership role in the fields of technology and research.
“That is definitely what the president is [Biden] will come up in his dialogues with our partners and allies“Mrs. Psaki said.
The White House press secretary on Feb. 11 also said that the Biden administration “will not be in a hurry“And will”take strategic measures“To deal with China.”
Psaki’s comments came after Mr Biden on Feb. 10 had her first phone call with Chinese President Xi Jinping since hosting the White House. During this two-hour phone call, Mr. Biden emphasized “His fundamental concerns about Beijing’s actions such as economic practices coercive and injustice, repression in Hong Kong, human rights abuses in Xinjiang, and an increasing number of aggressive actions in areas, including Taiwan“, According to the White House statement.
Nhu Ngoc (According to The Epoch Times)