The South China Morning Post: “Chinese Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, called on Monday for Beijing and Washington to resume dialogue to reset ties … ahead of the incoming US administration under US President-elect Joe Biden.”
Beijing wants a “reset” in U.S.-China relations when the “incoming” Democratic administration takes office, the Chinese foreign minister said.
“Chinese Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, called on Monday for Beijing and Washington to resume dialogue to reset ties between the major powers after months of increasing hostility, ahead of the incoming US administration under US President-elect Joe Biden,” The Hong Kong daily South China Morning Post reported.
The “reset” China seeks is a departure from the policies undertaken by President Donald Trump in his first term. The Trump White House raised tariffs on Chinese goods to balance the trade deficit and protect U.S. manufacturers, ended Hong Kong’s special trading status amid Beijing’s clampdown on democracy, and forged a diplomatic and military alliance in the Asia Pacific to contain China’s expansionist designs.
Communist China views these measures as obstacles in its plans for global economic and political dominance. As U.S. National Intelligence Director John Ratcliffe warned this week, “Beijing intends to dominate the US and the rest of the planet economically, militarily and technologically.”
The South China Morning Post reported the comments of the Chinese foreign minister:
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi called on Monday for Beijing and Washington to resume dialogue to reset ties between the major powers after months of increasing hostility, ahead of the incoming US administration under US President-elect Joe Biden.
Speaking during a video dialogue with the board of the US-China Business Council (USCBC), Wang gave suggestions to improve the countries’ tumultuous ties, including strengthening communication at all levels and expanding areas of cooperation – such as getting the coronavirus pandemic under control. (…)
“The most urgent task currently is for the two sides to work together to remove all sorts of barriers to achieve a smooth transition in China-US relations,” Wang said, according to a brief on the Chinese foreign ministry’s website.
“At the same time, based on the direction of mutual benefits for our two peoples and countries, we need to strive to restart dialogue, return to the right track and rebuild trust in this next phase of relations.”
The Chinese regime and its state-controlled media have been upbeat at the prospect of a White House run by Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris. Chinese President Xi Jinping last week congratulated the democratic candidate on his “win.” China looks for a “win-win cooperation” with the Biden-Harris administration, he said in his statement. Chinese foreign ministry has already greeted “Mr. Biden and Ms. Harris,” calling them the “choice of the American people.”
Beijing’s call for a ‘reset’ comes as people in Biden camp are reportedly in backchannel talks with the Chinese regime, the South China Morning Post revealed last month. “[P]eople closely associated with Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden had recently contacted China and talked to Chinese think tanks about how to reset the relationship between the world’s two biggest economies,” the newspaper reported citing well-placed Chinese sources.
The news of these “Biden-Beijing” backchannel talks is particularly troubling given the serious corruption allegations surrounding the Democratic candidate’s son, Hunter. During the campaign, President Trump often referred to his rival as “Beijing Biden,” alluding to Hunter’s lucrative dealings with the Chinese state-run entities. A Biden family business associate, Tony Bobulinski, called Joe Biden a “compromised” candidate aware of his son’s questionable commercial interactions with the Chinese.
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