The 46th President of the United States
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Democratic politician Joe Biden becomes the 46th President of the United States of America having served as the 47th vice-president of the United States under Barack Obama from 2009 to 2017.
US President Joe Biden has said he is considering whether to drop tariffs on China and plans to speak to Chinese President Xi Jinping. While Biden might have a deal to offer Beijing, unless the US is willing to stop hollowing out its ‘one-China’ commitment, he may not make much headway.
As debate rages on whether the US is shifting away from its long-standing policy on Taiwan, sparked by Biden’s apparent gaffes, Beijing will prepare itself for the worst-case scenario of a military conflict. And it won’t make the same mistakes Russia is making in Ukraine.
Even though the Uygur Forced Labour Prevention Act does not take effect until Tuesday, traders in China’s Xinjiang region say losses have been mounting for months, as buyers shun what was once prized as the world’s most expensive cotton.
If the IPEF seems to offer little to its Southeast Asian members, that’s because it was never really meant to. Instead, the framework is another attempt to bring India into the Western fold while positioning it more strategically in the Indo-Pacific trade network.
A world in chaos as a result of war in Ukraine and the pandemic does not need another crisis, which the US threatens to create by pushing its China agenda in Asia. Washington officials need to shake off their outmoded Cold War mindset in which China is seen as a ‘systemic rival’ – or risk a global catastrophe.
The US President will visit Saudi Arabia in mid-July for a scheduled summit, where he is expected to table a “national security programme” for Israel and eight Arab states, to integrate their militaries into an alliance against Iran.
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Members of the House committee investigating the January 6, 2021, riot have uncovered enough evidence for the Justice Department to consider an unprecedented criminal indictment against the former US president for seeking to overturn the results of the 2020 election.
While US President Joe Biden’s remarks on defending Taiwan militarily have sparked a flurry of commentary, they are consistent with the Taiwan Relations Act. However, given the wide range of potential scenarios in the event of military action by Beijing or a blockade, no one truly knows how the US would respond.
US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan and Chinese Communist Party Politburo member Yang Jiechi met in Europe’s Luxembourg on Monday, the 4th in-person meeting of US-China officials in 15 months.
Vladimir Putin and Mohammed bin Salman are responsible for wars – Ukraine and Yemen respectively – that have displaced millions and killed tens of thousands. As the United States castigates the one, it is making nice with the other. How does Washington choose?
President Joe Biden’s Summit of the Americas paid the price for excluding some nations, while Beijing’s events succeed by putting stress on inclusiveness.
The IPEF is region’s latest economic sandbag, aimed at complementing defence strategies to counter China’s influence. But Beijing has already spent a fortune on projects in dozens of countries, while upcoming US elections may mean political changes and less enthusiasm for Biden’s new agreement.
It’s hard to overstate the implications of the US president’s so-called blunders. He should know better than goading China into a military confrontation neither side wants.
Washington’s top diplomat, Antony Blinken, made no effort to ease tense relations at a time when the two rival nations should be focusing on dialogue and cooperation.
Washington is creating an environment of suspicion and mistrust towards Beijing in the South Pacific and throughout Asia as both seek to strengthen alliances.
The US president’s visit to Asia holds symbolic importance, but it is unclear what tangible benefits will emerge. Details on the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework are in short supply, and the plan seems to offer little that Asia’s current bilateral and multilateral deals do not.
The latest Western attempt to counter Chinese geoeconomic strategy is nebulous to the point of meaninglessness and has little hope of success. Until the US and its allies accept China as an equal, any attempts at ‘engagement’ will only come through a lens of conflict.
US president will have countering growing Chinese influence in the region squarely in his sights when he begins his four-day trip to Seoul and Tokyo.
Rising China sure to be on agenda as US President Joe Biden visits South Korea and Japan when Beijing is being portrayed in Washington and Europe as a growing threat/