For China, offering Biden a plastic olive branch would be worse than doing nothing
- While Beijing choosing to test an incoming Biden administration would be bad, a superficial peace offering would be almost as harmful to US-China relations
- Instead of coming to Washington with one-sided proposals, patience on China’s part will let Biden focus on his top priorities of handling the pandemic and restarting the US economy
Scott Kennedy is Senior Adviser, Freeman Chair in China Studies and director of the Project on Chinese Business and Political Economy at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies. He is author most recently of China’s Risky Drive Into New-Energy Vehicles.