America vs. China: The relationship between the two military and economic giants can’t be ignored, particularly when it’s so perilously strained. For Japan, growing tensions between its closest ally and largest trade partner are a huge concern. Here are five commentators’ takes on what should be done:
- Post-Trump, the U.S. looks hopelessly divided, but there is one area where there is broad consensus: the need to stand up to China. Trump understood this. Unless Biden pursues a similar approach, the erosion of U.S. global leadership will become inexorable, writes Brahma Chellaney.
- Recent talks with Chinese counterparts reveal a troubling mindset, writes Brad Glosserman: They insist that problems in the relationship with the U.S. stem solely from Washington. But claiming that Beijing has no role or responsibility for U.S.-China tensions will guarantee those problems get worse.
- In the U.S., where a change in administration brings a massive influx of political appointees across all of government, it is said that “personnel is policy.” So who will craft American policy toward Asia — and particularly China — under Biden? Yoichi Funabashi works his way along the line-up.
- The way Beijing’s media reported on the first talk between new U.S. Secretary of State Tony Blinken and China’s top foreign policy official holds valuable lessons for the Biden administration, writes Kuni Miyake. Shrewd Beijing will continue to be skilled at this kind of information warfare against its foes.
- Biden’s language before and after his election has been consistent: He praised cooperation and consultation, multilateralism and alliances. Two recent developments in particular suggest the U.S. is making progress in addressing Chinese aggression in Asia, in a way that should please Tokyo, argues Glosserman.