Calmly and with measured tone, the Joe Biden Foreign Policy takes shape. A freeze on troop withdrawals from Germany, a halt to support for military operations in Yemen. Strong words for President Putin. Strong words for President XI.
"The days of the US rolling over in the face of Russian aggression are over". US warships have been dispatched to the Black Sea.
Aircraft Carriers in the South China Sea, destroyers pass through the Straits of Taiwan. Uncle Sam is making overtures to Japan and South Korea to support China's containment in the East.
Foreign policy chiefs are laying down the markers for future policy plans. The hope is a framework is created to handle future policy disputes. Yang Jiechi, China's foreign policy chief, urged the US to work with Beijing to create a non-confrontational relationship.
"The two nations should respect each others' core interests. Taiwan is the most important and sensitive issue to China. Washington should not interfere with China's domestic affairs in Tibet, Xinjiang and Hong Kong" he said.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned the US would work with allies and partners to hold China accountable for threats to regional stability. The US will continue to stand up for human rights and democratic values, around the world.
Tensions between China and the US are unlikely to ease quickly. President Biden described China as the "Most serious competitor" to the United States, promising to push back on China's attack on human rights, intellectual property and global governance. Biden has still not spoken to President Xi since taking office. He referred to Xi as a "thug" during his election campaign.
The good news Biden has conceded, Taiwan will not become a focus of contention for the two super powers. The "One China" policy will continue. The State Departments are talking on the phone. There is hope for rapprochement yet ...
That's all for this week, stay safe, hands, face and space ...
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