The Difference Between US and Chinese Foreign Policy in a Word

by Ted Snider

“On November 15, US President Joe Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping met for a three and a half hour virtual discussion. Though little of real significance was accomplished, for talks held with a hope of cooling a second cold war, that both sides simply described the talk as cordial is significant. But there were important differences between the approaches of the two leaders. Biden did reaffirm a commitment to the One China policy, and XI did reaffirmed that China ‘will strive for the prospect of peaceful reunification.’ And both stressed the need to establish ‘guardrails’ to prevent the situation from going off the rails into a hot war, from ‘veer[ing] into conflict, whether intended or unintended,’ as Biden put it. But Biden couldn’t extricate himself from his cold war framework.” (11/18/21)