If neither Biden nor Xi wants to risk any political capital to make the first move, the U.S.-China relationship is highly likely to worsen further.
For Minxin Pei's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
In 2020, relations with the West swung back toward mutual distrust and hostility, with the COVID-19 pandemic and Hong Kong national-security law playing decisive roles.
In President Xi’s view, China may be able to use the promise to cooperate on climate change as a source of leverage with which to thwart Joe Biden’s containment strategy
By demonstrating a willingness to cooperate despite their fundamental differences, Biden and Xi can reassure the global community that cooler heads have prevailed in both countries.
At the ideological level, a U.S. election meltdown featuring bitter political clashes and endless litigation would be a propaganda bonanza for the Chinese Communist Party.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s unexpected resignation last month for health reasons has raised many questions about the legacy of the country’s longest-serving premier. One of them is whether his successor, Yoshihide Suga, will be able to continue Abe’s geopolitical balancing act as tensions ...
The U.K.'s decision to ban Huawei from its 5G networks is only the latest diplomatic setback for China.
The Chinese Communist Party is firmly convinced that the world is a Hobbesian place where long-term survival depends solely on raw power.
Chinese diplomats have long had a reputation as well-trained, colorless and cautious professionals who pursue their missions doggedly without attracting much unfavorable attention. But a new crop of younger diplomats are ditching established diplomatic norms in favor of aggressively promoting China’s self-serving COVID-19 narrative. ...
The worst is yet to come, as Chinese leaders' efforts to enforce full political control over the city meet fierce local resistance.