China Confronts  President Biden "We Are An Equal Now"

Mish

President Xi is confronting the Biden administration with a new world view, that Beijing’s decades of not challenging the U.S. as global leader are over

China's Message to America

Please consider China’s Message to America: We’re an Equal Now

As Biden administration officials expected in their first meeting with Chinese counterparts, Yang Jiechi, Mr. Xi’s top foreign-policy aide, and Foreign Minister Wang Yi asked them to roll back Trump-era policies targeting China. Beijing wanted to restore the kind of recurring “dialogue” Washington sees as a waste of time, say U.S. and Chinese officials briefed on the Alaska meeting.

Mr. Yang also delivered a surprise: a 16-minute lecture about America’s racial problems and democratic failings. The objective, say Chinese officials, was to make clear that Beijing sees itself as an equal of the U.S. He also warned Washington against challenging China over a mission Beijing views as sacred—the eventual reunification with Taiwan.

That is a big shift for Chinese leaders, who for decades took care not to challenge the U.S. as the world’s leader and followed the dictum Deng Xiaoping set decades ago: “Keep a low profile and bide your time.” Some senior Chinese officials privately—often sarcastically—called the U.S. Lao Da, or Big Boss.

Now Mr. Xi is reshaping the relationship. As far as he is concerned, China’s time has arrived.

“China can already look at the world on an equal level,” he told the annual legislative sessions in Beijing in early March, a remark widely interpreted in Chinese media as a declaration that China no longer looks up to the U.S.

Biden will have his hands full as did Trump who set out and failed to improve US balance of trade with China.

But now China is even more aggressive. 

It will be interesting to see how Biden handles tariffs, sanctions, trade policy, human rights issues, and Taiwan.

Mish

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numike
numike

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Zardoz
Zardoz

It's a lot to keep track of, and I don't think he's capable of doing it. Hopefully his administration is on the ball. Haven't heard much at all about them... nobody fired and calling him a moron, or writing tell alls yet.

njbr
njbr

I would tend to agree that China is the closest to on par with the US and certainly the most significant rival of the US. They are on an upward economic track and the US is not.

Racial polices...errr Uighurs?

Eddie_T
Eddie_T

China and the US are so bound by mutual trade that I have a hard time seeing how we don’t continue to dance around the issues while indulging in criticizing each other.

It’s hard to understand who would be hurt worse by a fundamental change in imports and exports between the two countries, not to mention foreign direct investment, which is huge on both sides now, even though it’s still one-sided, with the US investing about 3X more there than China does here.

China is very vulnerable to all kinds of shocks....oil and food in particular. I don’t think the future is quite as rosy as Xi might want to claim.

Sechel
Sechel

China is flexing it muscle and hitting the u.s where it is weak. they are using aid as diplomacy for one, second the u.s. is unable to engage in tpp which allows china to dominate the region economically, thirdly the u.s is retrenching wiht Trump pulling us back from global alliancess. its not clear Biden can fully reverse that.

Sechel
Sechel

The good news is that China is different than Russia. China still wants to do business., whereas Russia is not realy that driven by economics. China is far more pragamtic

Sechel
Sechel

I have an alternate theory. Trump pissed China off for four years and they're trying to reset the clock

njbr
njbr

Are we supposed to feel outrage with the headline that is merely a statement of fact?

William Janes
William Janes

Nothing new here in regards to Chinese policy and goals. The goal of the CCP elite has always been dominance using repression, surveillance, and deception. This was the goal from the beginning starting with Deng Xiaoping first visit to the U.S. where he appeared in a rodeo wearing a cowboy hat. The Kissingerian approach to China was disastrous, but lucrative to Kissinger and the large corporations. The new approach must be real politk: agreements with China are useless unless they can be enforced. They are an adversary and have always been an adversary. First, pay no attention to loud squawks, push them and they will back down.

Doug78
Doug78

He can say whatever he wants to say. He can send airplanes and ships to provoke his neighbours but in the end the only way to prove you are now top dog is to grab some important territory and dare others to take it back.

Doug78
Doug78

I used to think this was an economic blog, Then it became a political blog and now it's an international relations blog. What next?

Eddie_T
Eddie_T

We could talk about gold. I just re-entered the fun trade, trying to catch a short term bottom.

RonJ
RonJ

China Confronts President Biden "We Are An Equal Now"

So many are not treated as equals. There are well over 100 countries, yet only 7 get to be a part of an exclusive club of heavyweights known as the G7.

Quanta
Quanta

U.S. multinationals pissed away all the semiconductor IP in the last 40 years, and are now so dependent on China, that U.S. companies are literally unable to build ANY product, consumer or military without China. U.S. has ZERO leverage at this point. CHECKMATE.

Dutoit
Dutoit

USA and most of UE countries have a rapidly declining educational system. They are not able anymore to select the good pupils from the lower social classes, and move them higher to use their ability. Selection according to value is replaced by quotas. This leads to a less and less skillful people at the top levels, in particular in science. You can still slow this tendency by importing foreign skillful people, until they will be used in their own countries.
China and most of countries in Asia have kept the good old european and american methods, and we will more and more see the consequences of efficiently selecting valuable people among a population of more than 2 billions.

amigator
amigator

No problem with Racism in a Communist society. If there are problems into prison you go. As a matter of fact there are no problems at all the "society". Got to love the Chinese. Hopefully they will not be asking for reparations for all the railroads they built in America.

FromBrussels
FromBrussels

4 years without war... Deep State hawks must be bored sick.... Biden will live up to expectations though,already stirring up Ukraine again by promising 'unwavering support' to its pawn in the energy war, with US' thorn in the side viz Nordstream 2, almost completed now....Will Biden/ NATO have the cojones when push comes to shove ? Interesting times... scary too....I live at a 20 minutes drive from NATO headquarters :-)

ColoradoAccountant
ColoradoAccountant

Diversity is not a strength. It destabilizes stuff and is a liability. The CCP knows this fact, as do most engineers, chemists, and cultures. The red herring is race in the US where the real culprit is culture. The Chinese get it.

Mr. Purple
Mr. Purple

Dear China, here is your World's Policeman Baton. We wish you luck. Sincerely, America.

Sechel
Sechel

TPP would be such a useful containment tool

GodfreeRoberts
GodfreeRoberts

Social metrics are more worrisome: There are now more hungry children, drug addicts, suicides and executions, more homeless, poor, and imprisoned people in America than in China.

Chinese kids now have longer healthy life expectancy, and graduate high school three years ahead our ours in STEM subjects.

GeorgeWP
GeorgeWP

The US seems stuck in an adversarial position to ensure it retains a dominant world position. Partly i assume that is driven by the need to keep the $US as the world currency and avoid the economic pain of having to produce enough to pay for what it consumes.
But surely there comes a time when it is best to come to an accomodation with an Imperial rival. Spheres of influence e.g. US doesn’t interfere in Eurasia, China doesn’t push against US allies in the Pacific and SE Asia.

A 2ndry issue for the US is that when it points out the nasty stuff the Chinese are up to, it would be more influential if it didn’t have a history of exterminating its indigenous people, slavery, extreme racism, gunboat diplomacy, invasion and occupation of numerous smaller nations, coups and interference against democratic governments it doesn’t like and attacking Islamic countries.

Pretty much the US has shown China what it can get away with if it has the military and economic might to do so.

p.s. of course the US is hardly the originators of the Imperial plan. Did you see the Brits are sending a warship to SE Asia to scare China. Last time they sent a couple of battleships to deal with an Asian upstart they didn’t come back.

Greggg
Greggg

The reason we were in Afghanistan for almost 20 years: Block the development of the Silk Road. Last year China signed Belt and Road initiatives with Iran, Iraq and Israel gave China reign over Port of Haifa, one of our primary military parking lots. Prime mission of stopping the Silk Road seems to be lost now. The process sped up greatly under Trump.

jivefive98
jivefive98

America does not have rampant and systematic government corruption from one end other country to another. China is not "equal" to anyone. China is just another tinpot dictatorship trying desperately to look more than they really are. I believe we just had a president that thought in the same manner. You cant be a great country unless you let the population scream and yell to their hearts content. Just try that in socialist paradise China.

Raj Kumar
Raj Kumar

In this one I am putting my money on the US wining. Open demoractic societies will always win against anyone.

Casual_Observer
Casual_Observer

This is a pipedream. China is a slave economy to the west. They ship Covid-19 to the world and call themselves a leader. China is worse off under Xi. The worst is yet to come for the Chinese people.

Tex272
Tex272

America's end as the power she was is very near. Read The Fate of Empires (1976, Sir John Glubb) online PDF. It's but 24 pages (26 total). Read the Summary on p. 24 for the "stages of the rise and fall of great nations." If you're a Senior, you'll escape the worst of the Insanity to come. If you're a child, you're screwed long before you ever have sex.

KidHorn
KidHorn

China is not equal to the US. They've passed us.

Their GDP is higher than ours. I don't care what the official numbers are. They clearly produce a lot more than we do.

What happened a year ago tells it all. We were completely dependent on them for medical supplies. They didn't need us for anything.

TheCaptain
TheCaptain

"It will be interesting to see how Biden handles tariffs, sanctions, trade policy, human rights issues, and Taiwan."

Most likely it will be embarrassing to see how Biden handles those things. Trump was loud and clumsy in his handling of them but his response was neither violent nor weak. Biden's senility makes him weak but the puppet masters which move his lips are war mongering SOBs. So the biden administration response will probably be both weak and violent.


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