In the run-up to the US presidential election, many observers either hoped for or feared a reset of relations with China. Ties with Beijing were remarkably tense during the Trump administration, and the Biden team spoke about possible co-operation with Beijing on climate change, pandemics and more.
Should the world, already tossed to and fro by four years of foreign policy unpredictability, now steel itself for another lurching change of direction on China?
The Biden administration is not just breaking with Trump, but with all the Republican and Democrat administrations that came before.
It is still very early days for the Biden administration, and its approach to America’s greatest strategic challenge will take months to flesh out. But early signals suggest a policy that is firmer than many anticipated, focused on promoting universal values alongside US interests, and rooted in strong relationships with allies and partners. No reset is in the offing.
Read the full article from The Australian Financial Review.
More from CNAS
CommentaryStemming the Flow: The United States Needs a Strategy to Address China’s Strategic Exportation of Digital Authoritarianism
Many of China’s technology companies perfect their products in the domestic market by facilitating the party-state’s oppression and data control, and subsequently seek to expo...
By Joshua Fitt
VideoUnderstanding China’s Military-Civil Fusion strategy
Elsa Kania discusses myths she has seen about China’s Military-Civil Fusion strategy and the actual scope of MCF in China....
By Elsa B. Kania
PodcastTop Trump administration official's advice to India on China, Quad
Lisa Curtis was interviewed for the In Focus Podcast with The Hindu's Diplomatic Affairs Editor Suhasini Haidar. Listen to the full interview from The Hindu....
By Lisa Curtis
CommentaryThe U.S.’s China Strategy Needs New Tools
Policymakers maintain an unparalleled capacity to push back using sanctions, export controls and investment restrictions. Trade, however, presents a unique dilemma....
By Jordan Schneider & David Talbot