‘I Don’t Want To Contain China’ – US President Biden

US President Joe Biden said on Sunday that he does not intend to “contain” China, despite the two countries’ growing disagreements on trade, security, and human rights.

Biden stated that he saw Chinese Premier Li Qiang at the G20 summit in New Delhi — a meeting that the White House did not publicize — and discussed “stability.”

The president revealed the meeting in Hanoi, where he had earlier that day agreed to a pact to strengthen ties with Vietnam as Washington seeks to strengthen its network of friends across Asia and the Pacific in the face of Beijing’s growing clout.

Washington and Beijing are at loggerheads on a range of global issues, and Biden accused China of seeking to bend the international order to its will.

“One of the things that is going on now is China is beginning to change some of the rules of the game, in terms of trade and other issues,” Biden told a news conference.

As part of its Indo-Pacific policy, Washington has made significant investments in alliance building, including the Quad security dialogue with India, Australia, and Japan, as well as the AUKUS pact with Britain and Australia.

However, he stressed that the US is not attempting to box China in, but rather to create clear ground rules for ties.

“I don’t want to contain China. I just want to make sure we have a relationship with China that is on the up and up, squared away, everybody knows what it’s all about,” he said.

Chinese President Xi Jinping skipped the G20 as Beijing and Delhi tussle over territorial and other issues.

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