Joe Biden

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.

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While some thought the certification of Biden’s win after the ransacking of the Capitol would be the beginning of the end for Trump, the opposite has occurred as shown by Senator Chuck Grassley’s appearance alongside Trump at a rally over the weekend.
SCMP ColumnistRobert Delaney
Damaging though the trade war is, Biden cannot afford to risk mid-term votes. Also, his administration is more preoccupied with defence and security than trade and economics.
The leaders have agreed in principle to hold a virtual meeting before the end of the year – the first formal talks since Biden took office
SCMP ColumnistWang Xiangwei
Rocketing fossil fuel prices worldwide make it clear the transition to sustainability is going to be messier and more costly than we think. Political leaders need the will to make unpopular decisions, and consumers will have to make significant lifestyle changes.
Presidents Xi Jinping and Joe Biden may not talk face to face this year, but their virtual meeting will project a welcome level of mutual understanding in the hardest of times.
The unexpected turn of events involving the Huawei executive and two Canadians calls for greater interaction between Beijing and Washington in the hope of creating a better understanding to resolve disputes.
Compulsory vaccinations targeting specific high-risk workers or sectors make more sense, but there needs to be a fair and firm system of penalties so as to not add to the mental health pressures of an ongoing pandemic.
It is good for a superpower and a rising rival to make promises to the United Nations, but they need to be mindful that they are viewed with a healthy dose of scepticism.
The interconnected fates of the US and China have become apparent from recent exchanges between George Soros and BlackRock. Financial markets in the US and China have perhaps never looked so fragile, and that is never a good position from which to go to war.
The bombshell revelation that a top US general held secret phone calls with his Chinese counterpart reveals the risks inherent amid rising tensions – but Biden and Xi’s conversation this month is a promising sign that fraught ties can be reset when there are open lines of communication.
SCMP ColumnistWang Xiangwei
Stung by the Afghan war, the US will turn isolationist after a century of globalisation. This will cost the world its economic growth and, more importantly, put peace at risk.
Discussions with veteran White House insider John Kerry put the ball firmly in Washington’s court regarding deteriorating relations and the growing need for diplomacy.
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