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China should expect extreme competition' from US, says President Joe Biden

Joe Biden says China is in for extreme competition from the US under his administration, but that the new relationship he wants to forge need not be one of conflict

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President Biden signs executive orders inside the Oval Office at the White House in Washington
President Joe Biden

President says is in for extreme competition from the US under his administration, but that the new relationship he wants to forge need not be one of conflict.

In an interview broadcast Sunday, Biden acknowledged that he has yet to speak with Chinese President Xi Jinping since his inauguration January 20, but noted that the two leaders had met many times when both men served their countries as vice president.

I know him pretty well, Biden said in an excerpt of the interview aired Sunday by CBS' Face the Nation.

When they do speak, they will have a whole lot to talk about, Biden said.

Biden appears to be concentrating his initial telephone diplomacy on US allies. He so far has spoken with the leaders of Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Japan, South Korea, Australia and the NATO secretary-general.

He also worked in a conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

In the interview, Biden described Xi as very bright and very tough but without a democratic, small D, bone in his body.

Shortly after Biden succeeded President Donald Trump in the White House, a spokesperson for China's Foreign Ministry said that after this very difficult and extraordinary time, both the Chinese and American people deserve a better future.

Beijing welcomed the Biden administration's decision to remain in the World Health Organisation and return to the Paris climate agreement.

The new administration, however, is unlikely to significantly alter US policies on trade, Taiwan, human rights and the South Sea that have angered Xi's increasingly assertive government.

Biden, in the interview taped Friday, said he has said to Xi all along, that we need not have a conflict. But, Biden added, there will be extreme competition. And I'm not going to do it the way that he knows. And that's because he's sending signals as well.

Biden said he will not pursue US-relations in the way that Trump did but will focus on rules of the road.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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First Published: Mon, February 08 2021. 06:29 IST