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The Biden administration's policy toward China and prospects for Sino-US relations

The Sino-US relationship is one of the most important bilateral relations in the world today. The relationship not only matters crucially to the interests of the two powers, but also to the peace and development of the world. At the beginning of this year, Joe Biden came to power as the US president. Will this bring about a chance to adjust Sino-US relations? Compared with the Trump administration, what are the similarities and differences in the Biden administration's policy toward China? Will Biden continue Trump's policy toward China? The salon invited Prof. Wang Yong, director of Peking University's American Studies Center, to make a keynote presentation titled, "The Biden administration's policy toward China and prospects for Sino-US relations."

Prof. Wang Yong opined that COVID-19 has brought new challenges to the development of globalization and new changes to Sino-US relations. Prior to this, the Trump administration basically adopted a policy of exerting maximum pressure on China in an attempt to contain China's development. There was even a view that the US would launch a "new cold war" against China. After the Biden administration came into office, due to the influence of dual factors at home and abroad, its policy toward China has been uncertain in many areas. However, if China and the US can properly handle related issues, a new "cooperation and competition relationship" may be formed by them, and the two countries would also be expected to strengthen cooperation in areas such as climate change and public health. In the face of the Biden administration's new policy toward China, China should clearly show its attitude: cooperation benefits both, and fighting harms both; therefore, it is hoped that the US would take a correct view of China's peaceful development, and that China and the US could conduct fair and healthy competition based on rules, while not engaging in zero-sum competition. At the same time, on issues related to China's sovereignty and territorial integrity, China should also draw a red line to fight resolutely against US actions that harm China's national interests.