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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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.
China’s propaganda organs are portraying the US withdrawal from Afghanistan as another sign that its influence is waning. But, the reverse might end up being the reality.
SCMP ColumnistRobert Delaney
The catastrophic failure of American might against a ragtag opponent relying on Mao Zedong-style tactics has given Beijing a propaganda coup – and much to think about, writes Wang Xiangwei.
SCMP ColumnistWang Xiangwei
While both China and the US are driven by different domestic concerns, neither can ignore the geopolitical impact of their regulation of corporate giants, and investors must remain alert.
Xi Jinping had more contact with other world leaders than his American counterparts until Covid-19 struck, but his absence may now give the US an advantage
Washington’s ban may cause some near-term supply chain disruption for solar panels. But with Beijing’s carbon neutrality goal, solar and wind energy manufacturing and installation can only accelerate in China.
Despite the heated rhetoric, the competition between the US and China is not between two political and economic systems. The challenges each faces in economic development are similar, as are the levers each has at their disposal to improve the lives of their citizens.
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