USA-China relation: How will Biden’s presidency affect it?

One of the most controversial topics during President Trump’s tenure was USA China Relationship. Apparently, the relationship have deteriorated to quite an extent and, many reasons could be held responsible for this upheaval.

For instance, both the nations imposing tariffs on the goods imported from one another, China claiming itself to be the biggest threat to the USA, or the USA taking a dig at China for the outbreak of Coronavirus. But Trump’s presidency finally came to an end and Joe Biden became the 46th president-elect of the United States. Since then there are a lot of questions arising from curiosity among people.

One of those questions is: What’s going to be the future of USA China Relationship under Biden’s Presidency? And that is what we are going to discuss in detail in this article.

Sections covered

  1. Joe Biden’s past relationship with china
  2. Biden’s different way of approach towards China
  3. Matters of disagreement between the USA and China under Biden’s presidency
  4. Importance of USA and China Relationship under Biden’s Presidency

Joe Biden’s previous relationship with China

Joe Biden was the 47th Vice President of the USA during President Obama’s administration from 2009– 2017. As a result of this, he is well versed in foreign policies. Also, he had built quite good relations with a few nations when he was the Vice President.

One of those relations was his relations with China. When Both Joe Biden and Xi Jinping were the Vice President of their respective nations, they both had visited each other’s countries a couple of times.

But a lot has changed since then. The whole administration got changed and America got its 45th President-Donald Trump. As said before, USA china relationship were not so good during Trump’s administration. Moreover, During this period we also witnessed Biden himself call the Chinese president Xi Jinping a ‘Thug’. So, it is going to be interesting to see what the new President-elect does during his tenure.

Biden’s different way of approach towards China

When talking about the present it seems that the Biden administration somewhat agrees with Trump’s administration. We could say this as the President-elect in one of his interviews said that he would keep all the tariffs except for a few agricultural tariffs.

But at the same time, he also accuses Trump’s administration of failing to show the appropriate way of approach towards China. The president-elect says that is important for the USA to focus on building strong bonds with the allies to exert coordinated pressure on China.

However, his way of approach might differ but his intentions might be the same.

What could be the matters of disagreement between the USA and China Under Biden’s presidency?

As we said that the intentions of Biden’s administration and Trump’s administration could be the same. So, we need to see on what grounds the disagreement could continue between the USA and China. We all know that there are a few matters like exploiting the Human rights for which the US has been constantly standing against China.

For instance, In Xinjiang state of China around a million Uighur Muslims are kept in an internment camp. Also, some of the previous prisoners had opened up about being tortured physically and mentally. However, China still denies all these allegations. China says that there is no such internment camp and Uighur Muslims are being given vocational training.

Also, there were conflicts regarding the theft of intellectual property as the USA claimed China of using their tech companies to hack America’s intellectual property. Taiwan is also one of the reasons contributing to the increasing tensions between both nations. This is because America wants to maintain good relations with Taiwan and had sold a huge amount of arms to Taiwan during trump’s administration.

But on the other hand, China reclaims Taiwan to be its part and wants it to remerge with it. The Chinese administration also says that they could use their power to get Taiwan back.

Importance of USA China relations under Biden’s Presidency

If the trade war between the USA and China does not get resolve then it will definitely impact the global chain supply. This can increase the cost price of the goods. Eventually, the world will be divided into two groups one by the USA’s side and the other by China’s side. Another reason why both nations should sort out their differences is the Climate change accord.

On April 1, 2016, the United States and China both signed the Paris Climate Agreement as both nations then contributed to making 40% of Global emissions. Both nations had decided to work together on this issue. However, on 1 June 2017 US withdrew from the Paris agreement reasoning that it is burdening with an unfair economic burden. So, it is important that the USA re-signs the agreement and both nations restart working on it together.


If this cold war intensifies then there could be possibilities of real war which is dangerous not only for these two nations but for the rest of the world as well. In the end, nobody knows what both nations expect from each other and where this cold war is going to head both of these nations. Isn’t it the responsibility of every nation to contribute to making this world a peaceful place? Shouldn’t they try to resolve their differences?

Well, with America getting its new president it will be interesting to see whether this relationship will reform or deteriorate to another level. So, let us hope for the best.


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