The new US president Biden is following closely his predecessor’s approach on China. Wrongly, says long-term China correspondent Ian Johnson in an opinion piece at the New York Times. “Washington’s plan appears to be to wait for the results of the comprehensive review of America’s national security policy toward China that Mr. Biden announced in February. This caution is a mistake,” says Johnson.
The finalization of the China-EU investment agreement – after seven years of negotiations – on December 30, 2020, is a big deal, says London-based China lawyer Mark Schaub in an overview of the fallout of the deal for the China Law Insight. “Is it a Big Deal? – Yes. China is the EU’s second-largest trading partner and the EU is China’s largest trading partner. Over Euro1 billion per day of trade flows between these two giants.”
Former White House official Harry Broadman discusses the future of relations between China and its trade partners. He hopes and expects that after Joe Biden takes over from current US President Donald Trump collective action between trade partners will be higher on the agenda, he tells Bloomberg. With a strong focus on Canada.
The new US president Biden will be treating China in a multi-lateral fashion, not bilateral, like Donald Trump who saw trade basically as a real-estate transaction, says former White House trade negotiator Harry Broadman to BNN Bloomberg. China has ignored its trade obligations since admission into the World Trade Organization in 2001, he says, and Broadman does not expect another line now Trump has shaken that international boat.
Only half a decade ago Silicon Valley thought China becoming a force of innovation was preposterous. Now, under Trump, China has proved them wrong, says business analyst Shaun Rein in a wide-ranging interview with state paper Global Times. Also: China’s successful fight against Covid-19 and decoupling economies.
Trump’s trade war against China has already been put in a backseat during the Covid-19 crisis, and also when US president Trump wins the upcoming elections, the state of the economy might not allow him to uphold the current tariffs, says business analyst Ben Cavender to the Jing Daily. Jing