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File photo: On December 2013, 12, US Vice President Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping shook hands in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.
When will Xi-Xi call
When asked about this question in an interview with CBS last week, Biden said, "There is no reason not to talk to him (Xi Jinping). It's just that there is no chance to talk to him yet."
A US-China relations expert familiar with US-China exchanges told VOA that the reason why Biden has not spoken with Chinese leader Xi Jinping is because he has not finalized how to deal with Beijing, and the timing of the call is not yet ripe.
In a CBS interview with Xi Jinping recently, Biden said: "He is very smart. He is also very strong. But he has no democratic consciousness in his bones. I am not trying to criticize him, but just explain the fact."
Fu Ruizhen told VOA: "Part of the reason is that he was once the vice president of the Obama administration; and many people think that the Obama administration is too weak towards China. During the first term of office, they dealt with China in an accommodating manner, which made The US-China relationship has embarked on a path that allowed China to try to gain the upper hand, giving China too much limelight in the relationship between the two countries."
Fu Ruizhen said, therefore, Biden hopes to seize the initiative in the interaction between the United States and China, and to ensure that China will not take the lead.In addition, some issues such as human rights have also cast a shadow over US-China relations.
"I think Biden will wait until he is convinced that the White House can solve these problems in a way that is consistent with the overall message that the United States sends to the world, before going to Xi Jinping to have a direct dialogue," she said.
Lu Bobin told VOA that even though the calls between heads of state are more of a polite exchange, Biden will definitely talk to Xi Jinping.Biden has not spoken to Xi Jinping for a long time because he is still reviewing the legacy of the Trump era and studying the overall approach to dealing with China.
"I think he wants to wait until he is sure that he already knows which direction he wants to go, he will talk to Xi Jinping, and in the near future," Lu Boyin said.
Lu Bobin: Biden will take a completely different approach from Trump
Looking back on the history of high-level exchanges between the United States and China over the past 40 years, there is almost no president like Trump. In less than a year in office, he not only completed the call between the US and Chinese heads of state, but also completed the mutual state affairs between the two heads of state. access.
Bobin Lu, a researcher on China issues at Harvard University and a professor at Boston College, told VOA that we should understand that former President Trump has taken many unusual actions during his tenure; these actions are not based on inter-agency procedures, preparations, and strategic decisions. All these are not part of Trump’s international diplomacy.
Lu Bobin believes that Trump is practicing a very unique international political viewpoint.Trump believes that the personal relationship of a world leader is very important and believes that if he can establish a personal relationship with someone, international relations will be better.
"But he holds this view of dealings with Kim Jong-un and North Korea, and his dealings with China and Xi Jinping. Therefore, these personal diplomatic actions, including the summit of the heads of state, do not really reflect the US's attitude towards China. Strategy," Lu Bobin said.
Since Biden's election, the international community has been speculating about what mode of exchanges the two top leaders will adopt during the Biden administration.
Professor Ruizhen Fu of Johns Hopkins University told VOA that she personally thinks that the overall agenda for high-level exchanges between the United States and China may be very similar to Trump’s: the United States will focus on ensuring China’s forced technology transfer, human rights, and other The issues that the United States is concerned about can be resolved in future US-China relations.
Fu Ruizhen added: "But I think the Biden administration will solve some global problems in international organizations where China is also a member state, and find opportunities to cooperate with China within these frameworks."
Lu Bobin, a researcher at the Fairbank Center at Harvard University, believes that Biden is expected to take a very different approach from Trump.Biden will wait for a suitable opportunity to hold a summit with Xi Jinping, and be able to ensure that the summit is successful and the results obtained are in the interests of the United States; and Biden will use the opportunity of the summit to advance negotiations with China.
"All of this needs to wait until the U.S.-China relationship becomes more mature after Biden takes office, and after Biden has figured out the direction of the development of U.S.-China relations that the United States wants," he said.
Fu Ruizhen: U.S.-China relations develop along three tracks
U.S.-China relations expert Fu Ruizhen told VOA that she believes that in the future, U.S.-China relations will develop along three tracks.
The first track is to try to find common ground so that US-China relations can at least stabilize around certain levels.The second track is that the United States will focus on solving the technical competition between the United States and China and the different ways of trade between the two countries around the world.
The third track is that the United States will focus on solving systemic competition issues with China. "Under this track, relations between the two countries will continue to be very tense," she said.
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