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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The two sides ironically see eye to eye as a new US Senate bill proposes banning defence contractors from buying Chinese-sourced rare earths. Meantime, Beijing has been mulling putting restrictions on rare earth supplies crucial to those same manufacturers.
SCMP ColumnistAlex Lo
Since the first outbreak, the coronavirus pandemic has been marked by political failure in the US, the UK, Australia, Japan and China. In Hong Kong, our leaders have been forced into a false choice of opening up to the mainland or the world. Harm to Hong Kong’s economy might be permanent.
It can be seen as a positive sign that Beijing is sincere in trying to avoid further deterioration in relations with Washington, especially when it come to business.
From US-China tensions and decoupling rhetoric to the property and equity market bubbles, it appears that little will change. It is a time for clear strategic thinking and serious international cooperation but, sadly, both are in short supply.
On the first anniversary of the US Capitol insurrection and ahead of the November midterms, Trump is hoping the stars will align for him.
The United States and some of its allies, and Taiwan and Ukraine, have been pushing each other into confronting Russia and China, and finding it increasingly difficult to back down. But in time, Washington is likely to realise only ‘limited sovereignty’ for Ukraine and limited government for Taiwan can avoid war.
SCMP ColumnistAlex Lo
US-backed efforts to counter China’s Belt and Road Initiative will also help improve infrastructure and access for developing nations from Africa to Latin America.
SCMP ColumnistWang Xiangwei
As a national commission sheds new light on the January 6 insurrection, Trump’s Republican wall of defence has weakened – but not collapsed.
SCMP ColumnistRobert Delaney
Amid a pandemic and a trade and technology war, foreign correspondents have a role to play in enhancing understanding between governments and peoples.
Nixon and Kissinger had started a good thing going for America over China, but now, their successors want to throw it all away for short-term advantages or purposes which are unclear even to themselves.
SCMP ColumnistAlex Lo
The appearance of bonhomie sets the scene for Republicans to run election attack ads against Democrats showing Biden as overly friendly with China.
SCMP ColumnistRobert Delaney
The meeting produced no breakthroughs, but the fact both leaders agreed to disagree on issues including Taiwan and Hong Kong was viewed as a positive step by observers.
SCMP ColumnistWang Xiangwei
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