DECRYPTION – With Beijing, says Joe Biden, there will be “competition when it is necessary, collaboration when it is possible, confrontation when it is inevitable”.
The new cold war has started. After Donald Trump’s shattering break with China at the start of 2020, Joe Biden is in the process of articulating the growing rivalry between the two great powers in strategic doctrine.
The new American president had defined his policy vis-à-vis Beijing as soon as he took office: “A competition when it is necessary, a collaboration when it is possible and a confrontation when it is inevitable. ” Nine months later, relations between Washington and Beijing mainly come down to the third category.
Attempts to calm relations with China have all failed. From the first direct contacts between representatives of the two diplomats, in Anchorage at the start of Joe Biden’s mandate, when the Chinese had publicly lectured the Americans in defiance of the rules of protocol, to the humiliating reception of the special envoy on the climate John Kerry and other senior US officials
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