Joe Biden to launch super-group of allies to push back on China’s influence expansion

Joe Biden: Expert discusses plan to ‘put pressure’ on China

John B. Emerson said US President Joe Biden would utilise its allies around the world to get China “playing by the rules”. Mr Emerson argued that it was too late to approach the eastern superpower with a gentle hand and instead supported pressuring the country more aggressively to address global issues like climate change. The former US ambassador to Germany added that India would also be targetted with this new approach. 

Speaking to CNBC, Mr Emerson said:  “What I think will change is the Biden approach.

“Looking at comments made during the campaign, including by the incoming Secretary of State (Antony Blinken), it will be to work with our friends and our allies to bring pressure on China to get them to play by the rules.

“I think that will be a dramatic difference in approach and we already heard the former Secretary of State, my boss, John Kerry, talk about the importance of us globally working with China to reduce carbon emission and really get a handle on climate change. 

“Because obviously, China and also India are big players in that process we won’t make progress without them getting deeply involved.

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“There will also be issues like that where we are gonna want to cooperate with China.

“But I don’t see us going back to the days of a belief the more we engage with China the more they will become like us and play by the rules, that ship has sailed.”

The world will watch carefully at the moves Joe Biden will make during his first few weeks in office. 

The new President has already signed 17 executive orders with some reversing Trump’s old orders. 

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These range from rejoining the World Health Organisation and Paris Climate Agreement to no longer providing funding for the Mexican border wall. 

But there are fears a US-UK trade deal may not materalise since the Democrat has been a vocal critic of Brexit. 

There are fears that Biden will have a lot on his plate fixing the domestic problems of the US. 

On the topic of US divisions, former UK ambassador Sir Nigel Sheinwald explained societal fractures existed way before Trump’s administration. 

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He said: “They were undoubtedly exacerbated by him, but you’re talking about a set of social, economic and cultural issues which go back decades.”

Boris Johnson welcomed Joe Biden’s inauguration and said: “I warmly congratulate Joe Biden on his historic inauguration as 46th president of the United States and look forward to working closely with his new administration as we defeat Covid and build back better from the pandemic.

“In our fight against Covid and across climate change, defence, security and in promoting and defending democracy, our goals are the same and our nations will work hand-in-hand to achieve them.

“I look forward to welcoming him to Carbis Bay for the G7 as we join forces to protect our planet.

“Only through international cooperation can we truly overcome the shared challenges which we face.”

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