WW3 fears: China clashes with US ‘will not change’ under Biden ‘no turning back’

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Su Tzu-yun, a senior fellow at the Institute for National Defense and Security Research, believes there is “no turning back” relations between the two superpowers. The strained relationship has been tested in recent months amid disagreements over the coronavirus pandemic and the multibillion dollar US-Taiwan arms deal.

The arms deal sparked a furious response from Chinese president Xi Jinping who told troops at a military base to “put all [their] minds and energy on preparing for war”.

Mr Su’s remarks come as US marines have been training in Taiwan for the first time since 1979, after landing in the country on Monday.

The Chinese government has also avoided questions on when it plans to congratulate President-elect Mr Biden, with Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin commenting China had “noted” the Democrat’s declaration of victory.

China is one of the few major countries yet to congratulate Mr Biden.

Speaking at a seminar hosted by the Institute for National Policy Research, Mr Su said a Biden administration would continue the process of limiting “Chinese expansionism”, Newsweek reports.

He said: “If Biden enters the White House, I don’t think arms sales to Taiwan will change.

“Those already announced by the Trump administration won’t change, and future sales by a Biden administration won’t be reduced in quantity or quality either.

“The bipartisan Taiwan consensus recognised by both the Republican and Democratic parties will not change.

“The post-Trump or pre-Biden period will follow a predictable path.

“American efforts to contain China will not change because there are still issues such as trade, technology and military safety.”

Earlier this year, Mr Biden penned a comment piece for Foreign Affairs where he outlined how he would get tough on China.

In it he described a plan for a “united front of US allies and partners to confront China’s abusive behaviours and human rights violations”.

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However, Mr Su does believe President-elect Biden will try to work with China when he enters the White House on the issues such as climate change.

President Trump established close ties with Taiwan during his presidency, partly due to the island nation’s tense situation with China in the South China Sea.

China claims sovereignty over Taiwan and is incensed by the US arms deal which includes a Boeing-made Harpoon Coastal Defence System, rocket artillery, sensors and missiles.

The eastern giant sanctioned US defence companies Lockheed Martin, Boeing Defense, Space and Security and Raytheon in retaliation, and refused to rule out targeting other “individuals and entities”.

The Trump administration has approved the sale over more than $15billion in arms sales, with $7billion in weapons being sold just in September.

It also launched the Taiwan Travel Act in 2018 as a follow-up to the existing Taiwan Relations Act 1979, which allowed US officials to visit the country without restrictions and vice versa.

Announcing sanctions last month, Zhao Lijian, China’s foreign ministry spokesman, said the US arms sale will “seriously undermine China’s sovereignty and security interests”.

He added: “China firmly opposes and strongly condemns it.

“We will continue taking necessary measures to safeguard national sovereignty and security interests.”

 

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