China Global Podcast:

US Strategy toward China under the Biden Administration

June 14, 2022

On May 26, US Secretary of State Tony Blinken delivered a long-awaited speech on the Biden Administration’s approach to the People’s Republic of China. Separate from the speech itself, there is a China strategy document that remains classified. Blinken’s speech, which did not contain any surprises, introduced a new catchphrase for the Biden administration’s strategy toward China, the only country “with both the intent to reshape the international order and, increasingly, the economic, diplomatic, military, and technological power to do it.” This catchphrase, “invest, align, and compete,” has three key features: invest in American strength at home, align with our network of allies and partners, and rely on these two key assets to compete with China to defend our interests and build our vision for the future.

In today’s episode of China Global, Dr. Evan Medeiros joins Bonnie Glaser to discuss the Biden Administration’s strategy toward China. Dr. Medeiros is the Penner Family Chair in Asia Studies in the School of Foreign Service and the Cling Family Distinguished Fellow in US-China Studies at Georgetown University. He previously served in the Obama administration, where he served on the staff of the National Security Council as Director for China, Taiwan, and Mongolia, and then as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Asia.

Episode Highlights

[1:45] Objectives of the US-China Strategy under the Biden Administration

[5:58] Differences between the Biden and the Trump Approach toward China

[9:55] Beijing’s Response to Blinken’s May 26 Address and China’s Perception of the US

[13:18] Potential Opportunities for Cooperation between the US and China

[17:24] Critiques of the Biden Administration’s US-China Strategy

[26:21] China’s Strategy toward the United States

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