Mr. Joe Biden said that China is facing “stiff competition” from the United States under his administration, but the new relationship he wants to forge need not be conflict.
In an interview aired on Sunday, Mr. Biden admitted that he has yet to speak with Chinese President Xi Jinping since he took office on Jan. 20, but noted that the two leaders have met many times before.
“I know him quite well,” Mr. Biden said in an excerpt of an interview aired on Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation” program.
Mr. Biden added that when they talked here, “We’ll have a lot of things to say to each other.”
The Biden administration’s early diplomatic efforts appear to be focused on US allies. So far, Mr. Biden has spoken on the phone with the leaders of Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Japan, South Korea, Australia and the NATO Secretary-General.
He also had a chat with Russian President Putin.
In his latest interview, Mr. Biden described Mr. Xi as “very smart” and “very tough” but there are not two words “democratic” in his mind.
Shortly after Mr. Biden succeeded President Donald Trump at the White House, a spokesman for China’s Foreign Ministry said that “after this very difficult and extraordinary time, both the Chinese and American people deserve it. have a better future ”. Beijing welcomes the Biden administration’s decision to stay at the World Health Organization and go back to the Paris climate deal.
However, it is not clear how the new administration will adjust US policies under Mr. Trump on trade, Taiwan, human rights and the South China Sea.
In an interview on CBS, Mr. Biden said he told Xi that “in short, we don’t need a conflict ”. But, Mr. Biden added, there will be “Harsh competition. And I’m not going to do it the way he knows it. ”
Mr. Biden also said he will not follow the US-China policy as Trump did, but will focus on “international rules”.