Beijing has long wish list that Biden will find difficult to fulfil

A big screen in Hong Kong showing US President Joe Biden after his inauguration this week. Beijing hopes he will reverse sanctions on Hong Kong and Chinese officials for railroading the national security law in the territory.
A big screen in Hong Kong showing US President Joe Biden after his inauguration this week. Beijing hopes he will reverse sanctions on Hong Kong and Chinese officials for railroading the national security law in the territory.PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING - Sensing a "new window of hope", China has a long wish list for newly minted US President Joe Biden, whose volatile predecessor Donald Trump plunged relations between the giants to their lowest ebb in decades.

Beijing hopes Mr Biden will scrap tariffs on billions of dollars of Chinese exports to the United States; reverse sanctions on Hong Kong and Chinese officials for railroading the national security law in the territory; rescind a travel ban on China's power elite, which was imposed over Xinjiang; and lift curbs on sales of chips made with US equipment to Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei.

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