China urges Biden to reopen Trump-blocked lines of communication

China urges Biden to reopen Trump-blocked lines of communication

Chinese analysts say working on mutual areas of interest may lead to warmer ties

SHANGHAI/HONG KONG — Hours after the inauguration of U.S. President Joe Biden, China sought to draw a line under four years of bitter tensions with Washington by urging the new administration to turn its back on the policies of Donald Trump.

“In the past years, the Trump administration, especially Pompeo, has laid too many mines that need to be removed, burned too many bridges that need to be rebuilt, damaged too many roads that need to be repaired,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters in Beijing on Thursday.

“I believe if both countries put in the effort, the kind angels can triumph over evil forces.”

Beyond the opening rhetoric, the first 100 days of the Biden administration will offer crucial clues to how the frayed relationship between the two superpowers will evolve over the next four years. Beijing will be seeking assurances from Biden on issues such as security, tariffs, the detention of the Huawei CFO in Canada, and pledges to reverse executive orders signed by Trump.