US President-elect Joe Biden’s administration is likely to be as tough as Trump’s on several China-related issues such as the South China Sea, claim media reports.
Earlier in the year while campaigning for the US Presidential elections Biden had blasted Beijing for its actions in Hong Kong and termed its policies towards Muslim minorities in the Xinjiang region as ‘unconscionable’. Biden had also called the Chinese president a ‘thug’.
“This is a guy who does not have a democratic – with a small ‘d’ – bone in his body,” Biden said during the February 25 Democratic Party primary debate with Bernie Sanders. “This is a guy who is a thug and who in fact has a million Uygurs in reconstruction camps, meaning concentration camps.”
Over the same debate, Biden revealed that he once told Xi that the US would defy China’s no-fly zone in the South China Sea and that the US has flown B-1 bombers through it. He further added, “We’re gonna make it clear, they must play by the rules…”
On Monday, November 9 while addressing a virtual forum Professor Jay Batongbacal, director of the University of the Philippines Institute for Maritime Affairs and Law of the Sea said that “given Biden’s background (as a veteran lawmaker), we will see more heads brought to bear on the problems worldwide”.