US v China: Biden bets on alliances to push back against Beijing

The new administration believes it can develop a more effective China strategy if it can work closely with old friends.

US President Joe Biden believes he can craft a much more effective strategy for dealing with Beijing. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

(FINANCIAL TIMES) - In his first weeks as President, Mr Joe Biden has been focused on the Covid-19 vaccine roll-out and trying to pass a US$1.9 trillion (S$2.5 trillion) stimulus package. But he has been eager to deliver another central message: When it comes to China, he will not be a pushover.

Speaking to the online Munich security conference last month, Mr Biden said the United States and its allies faced "long-term strategic competition" with China and had to "push back" against Beijing's "economic abuses and coercion that undercut the foundations of the international economic system".

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