China urges Biden to remove tariffs, restore goodwill

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China has urged the Biden administration to take action to “strengthen goodwill,” including removing tariffs and sanctions, as Beijing continues to hand Washington with the responsibility of mending their fractured relationship.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said at a forum in Beijing on Monday that the two sides should reopen dialogue platforms cut under former President Donald Trump and move away from some of the administration’s policies previous. He reiterated the need to remove “unreasonable tariffs”, abandon the “irrational suppression” of China’s technological advancements and cited restrictions on Chinese media and students as another area of ​​concern.

“Under the current circumstances, both sides can start from easier things, actively interact and develop goodwill,” Wang said, adding that Beijing and Washington were still able to “do great things” for the world. “We hope the American side will adjust its policy as soon as possible.”

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The speech represents China’s most high-profile commentary on the relationship since US President Joe Biden and Chinese Xi Jinping spoke by phone ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday earlier this month. As the two sides want to stabilize a shaken relationship during Trump’s tenure, Biden has signaled a desire to maintain many of his predecessor’s Chinese policies.

As China waits for the United States to take a first step, Biden’s team is working to rebuild ties with American partners. The president on Friday urged U.S. allies to support democracy, warning the world is facing an “inflection point” in history that could lead to a tilt toward autocracy. While a Friday reading of the Group of Seven’s industrialized nations meeting offered few details about China, leaders discussed the country “in detail,” Bloomberg News reported, citing an informed European Union official. of the conversation.

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Other speakers at Monday’s event included Hank Paulson, former U.S. Treasury Secretary Kevin Rudd, former Australian Prime Minister, and Maurice Greenberg, former CEO of American International Group, Inc. (AIG ).

Paulson said it was up to the two countries to work to improve ties.

“The United States and China must decide how and where to compete and how to avoid conflict,” he said. “If we don’t, the world will be a very dangerous place.”

In his appeal with Xi, Biden expressed concern over what he called China’s coercive and unjust economic practices “as well as human rights violations in the Xinjiang region. Xi warned Biden against interfering with what he sees as his own internal affairs and urged the United States to help restore communication mechanisms to avoid misunderstandings and miscalculations.

Wang’s comments on Monday on easing visa pressure on Chinese students and media, which echoed remarks by senior Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi earlier this month, pointed to a possible area of ​​compromise. Biden’s Indo-Pacific coordinator Kurt Campbell said in January that the United States could reverse such actions to build confidence with China.

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“From China’s perspective, the responsibility for the deterioration of Sino-US relations under the Trump administration lies primarily with the United States,” said Zhou Qi, director of the Institute for Global Governance and Development at the United States. ‘Tongji University. “To get ties back on track, the United States must first change its attitude.”

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