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Coalitions aren't easy

US-EU co-operation to control Beijing already undermined

US China | European Union | China

Business Standard Editorial Comment  |  New Delhi 

The past four years have seen geopolitical tensions rise between the US and the People’s Republic of China, fanned in particular by the administration of outgoing President . For Mr Trump, the US’s past accommodation of China’s rise had meant a sequence of “bad deals”, which he saw necessary to unwind. The incoming administration, under Joseph R Biden, will likely take a somewhat less confrontational tack. That said, it is clear that the overall attitude to Beijing in Washington DC has altered considerably over recent years, as has popular among voters in many democratic countries. Though less openly confrontational than earlier, the notion that is a strategic and systemic rival has been thoroughly internalised by US policymakers.



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First Published: Mon, January 04 2021. 23:45 IST