PUBLISHED: 18:48, Wed, Nov 11, 2020 | UPDATED: 18:48, Wed, Nov 11, 2020
Taisuke Abiru, Senior Research Fellow at Japan’s Sasakawa Peace Foundation, expects Mr Biden to take note of the aggressive tone towards China by the Trump administration and continue Washington’s “strategic rivalry” with Beijing. Mr Abiru insists the hostile approach from the US towards the fellow global superpower will push China closer towards Russia.He said: “The Donald Trump administration labels China as a US strategic rival.
“Washington has been consistently carrying out a tough policy on China. This line is unlikely to change under Biden.
“In the coming years we will see continued strategic rivalry between the US and China.”
Under the leadership of Mr Trump, the US has gone head-to-head with China over economic policy, slapping hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of tariffs on Chinese goods entering the US market.
Mr Trump has also placed unilateral curbs on a host of Chinese firms, including tech giant Huawei and Bytedance, which owns popular social media app TikTok.
Joe Biden could continue the tough stance taken by Donald Trump on China, an expert has said (Image: GETTY)
Former Vice President Joe Biden alongside Xi Jinping (Image: GETTY)
Diplomatic relations have also soured in the disputed South China Sea, while ties between the US and Taiwan – a nation regarded as a wayward province by Beijing – have strengthened.
A blanket ban on international arrivals from China into the US was also enforced amid the outbreak of COVID-19 – a disease dubbed the “China virus” by Mr Trump.
While, Mr Biden is widely regarded as an internationalist by many, Mr Abiru expects the fractious relationship between the two nations to continue when he comes Commander-in-Chief in January.