America’s longstanding policy of shaping China as a nation, playing with the rules of the global system, and ultimately democratization, dates back to the 1990s. Twenty-first-century China, led by President Xi Jinping, saw itself as a historic mission to prove that its system of centralized, authoritarian control with a powerhouse economy could best the Western order.
After trying Xi for a US-China trade deal, Trump now appears to be hardening: he recently closed China’s consulate in Houston, alleging that it is a huge spy network on American soil And he has made Beijing a scapegoat for him. Coronovirus itself does it wrong. And people in Biden’s foreign policy class appear to agree with the current Secretary of State for Administration, Mike Pompeo, the engagement principle that does not underline long-term US-China relations. The former Vice President’s campaign website promises to target “countries like China” in its plan to revive the US-based supply chain and boost American industry.
A Biden presidency may be more successful than Trump in a list of allied countries in Europe and Asia. But Democrats hoped to erase the memories of Biden, who was trying to play a patron role with up-and-coming Xi eleven years ago, and his Senate voted for China to enter the World Trade Organization – The step which increased its economic rise.
Whoever wins in November, politics points to a president who will dominate China.
It seems that US-China relations sink every 72 hours. The US consulate in the western Chinese city of Chengdu closed on Monday after Beijing retaliated to close the Chinese consulate last week and ordered Beijing’s exit within three days. Twenty-five years after the then Vice President George H. W. Bush inaugurated the Chengdu Consulate, a plaque was removed by a worker on Sunday under the careful supervision of a police officer.