US President-elect Joe Biden wants to make sure that China plays by the rules. He further announced the decision that his administration will rejoin the WHO (World Health Organisation).
In April this year, US President Donald Trump announced that the US would withdraw from the WHO. He accused the UN organization of failing to oversee the start of the coronavirus as it began to spread in China. Biden said during a meeting with a bipartisan group of governors in his hometown in Wilmington, Delaware that it is not so much about punishing China. It is about making sure China understands they have got to play by the rules.
This is one of the reasons for Biden’s administration to rejoin the World Health Organisation. He said that they are going to make sure there are certain right lines the Chinese understand.
President trump’s Tenure Was The Worst Phase In US-China Relations
President Trump’s four years in power were the worst phase in US-China relations. The ruling Communist Party of China governed by President Xi Jinping struggled to deal with the most difficult and unpredictable American leader. This is ever since former US president Richard Nixon in 1972 established ties with the Communist nation.
During his tenure, Trump was pushing aggressively on all aspects of US-China ties. This includes his intense trade war, challenging China’s military hold on the disputed South China Sea, its constant threats to Taiwan, and even declaring coronavirus as a “China Virus” after its emergence in Wuhan in December last year.
The expectation of Biden’s election to the White House is an opportunity for breakthroughs. Breakthroughs in resuming high-level communication and rebuilding mutual strategic trust between the two countries.
Senator Jim Risch, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said that they must be ready and prepared to work with their trusted allies and partners. This will be to counter an increasingly confrontational China. The country has been attempting to undermine security, prosperity, and good governance in every region of the world.
The US and Europe majorly agree that China poses important and significant political, economic, and even security challenges. Legislators and parliamentarians on both sides of the Atlantic have been playing an active and leading role in shifting approaches to meet these challenges from China.
The Chinese military is extending its hands in the strategically vital Indo-Pacific region. The country is also engaging in the contested territorial disputes. This is in both the South China Sea and the East China Sea. Beijing is claiming as its sovereign territory almost all of the 1.3 million square miles of the South China Sea. China has also been building military bases on artificial islands in the region.