New Delhi: Amid the ongoing tensions between Beijing and Washington, a Chinese government advisor has called United States President-elect Joe Biden a very weak president” and that ‘a Democratic President could start wars’. The advisor has also added that Beijing should be prepared for a tough stance from Washington. Also Read - Kolam Artistry Part of Joe Biden-Kamala Harris Inauguration Ceremony
According to a report by South China Morning Post, Zheng Yongnian, the Dean of the Advanced Institute of Global and Contemporary China Studies, a Shenzhen-based think tank, has said that the Chinese government should utilise every opportunity to mend ties with the US. Also Read - PM Modi Should Have Taken COVID Vaccine Shot Like Joe Biden: Congress Leader
During a recent interview on the sidelines of the Understanding China Conference in Guangzhou, the advisor said, “The good old days are over… the cold war hawks in the US have been in a highly mobilised state for several years, and they will not disappear overnight.” Also Read - Facebook Bans Ads For Weapon Accessories Before Biden Event on January 20
Zheng, who attended a symposium hosted by President Xi Jinping in August to offer advice on China’s long-term strategy, said there was now a bipartisan consensus in the US on containing China.
Zheng said President-elect Joe Biden might take advantage of the public resentment towards China after he entered the White House. He said, “American society is torn apart. I don’t think Biden can do anything about it.”
“He is certainly a very weak President, if he can’t sort out domestic issues, then he will do something on the diplomatic front, do something against China. If we say Trump is not interested in promoting democracy and freedom, Biden is. (President Donald) Trump is not interested in war… but a Democratic President could start wars.”
The relationship between China and the United States have deteriorated under President Trump over a variety of reasons, including the COVID-19 handling, trade and human rights.
Over 300 separate Bills targeting China have been drawn up by both Democrats and Republicans in the Congress, and the important ones addressing the catastrophes in Hong Kong and Xinjiang enjoyed full bipartisan support. The most potentially effective law, the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, which Trump only reluctantly signed, was co-sponsored by Republican Marco Rubio and Kamala Harris, the Democrats’ Vice-President-elect.
Chinese foreign policy specialists have said they expect tensions between the US and China to continue under the Biden presidency.
At times during the election campaign, Biden took a tough line on China, calling Xi a “thug”.
His campaign also signalled that he will call out China on its repressive policies in the far western region of Xinjiang.
Wang said China remained resolute in protecting its sovereignty and hoped the next US administration would “meet China halfway”.
(With ANI inputs)