Biden’s China Policy: Containment Lite
President Joe Biden made the statement on Sunday that he does not want to isolate China as he works to build up ties between the United States and other countries.
The president made the declaration during a press conference in Hanoi, Vietnam, after participating in a G-20 summit in India that Chinese President Xi Jinping did not attend.
“So, really, what this trip was about — it was less about containing China. I don’t want to contain China,” Biden said. “I just want to make sure that we have a relationship with China that is on the up and up, squared away, everybody knows what it’s all about.”
Biden explained that his itinerary was about “having India cooperate much more with the United States, be closer with the United States, Vietnam being closer with the United States.”
He also declared that his travel abroad was meant to create “a stable base in the Indo-Pacific” and establish international “rules of the road” on matters related to the ocean, airspace, and space.
“I want to see China succeed economically, but I want to see them succeed by the rules,” Biden added.
Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, criticized the president during an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
“The whole point of him going to the region, in my view, was to get our friends and allies and partners together in the event of an invasion of Taiwan and a greater invasion into the South Pacific Sea,” McCaul said, adding that Biden chose the “wrong message to send” because it was not one of “deterrence.”
Beijing recently expressed disapproval of the U.S. approach to dealing with China’s neighbors.
“We believe that when dealing with relations with Asian countries, the #US should abandon the Cold War mentality of a zero-sum game, abide by basic norms of international relations, not target third parties and not undermine regional peace, stability, development and prosperity,” said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mao Ning, as reported in a post to X by China’s Global Times.
During his press conference, Biden stressed, “I think we think too much in terms of Cold War terms.”
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