By: Jianli Yang – Oct 01, 2021

In his recent speech to the United Nations General Assembly, President Biden aimed remarks at America’s two rival nuclear powers — and particularly China — even though he didn’t name names. He criticized China’s human rights violations and its use of sophisticated technology to surveil and control China’s population, and warned against the intrusion of authoritarianism in various countries. He pledged to defend democracy and vowed that the U.S. intends to “compete vigorously” with China but is not seeking a “new Cold War.”

Nevertheless, the theme of Biden’s speech was global unity and international cooperation, with a focus on broader borderless tests such as the climate crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic. He called on countries to join forces to cope with these crises that cross international borders — or risk precipitating a disaster that “will reverberate for generations.”

When it comes to China, Biden’s tone remains consistent with the structure of the China policy he and his team have put forth since he entered the While House — compartmentalizing the overall China policy into three areas: confrontation, competition and cooperation. In March, Secretary of State Antony Blinken remarked in a speech that the United States’s relationship with China will be… [Continue Reading]