President-Elect Biden on Foreign Policy

President-Elect Biden on Foreign Policy

President-Elect Joe Biden will face a suite of challenges on the global stage, from nuclear tensions with North Korea to coordinating a response to the ongoing pandemic.

China

Biden has framed China’s rise as a serious challenge. He has criticized its “abusive” trade practices—warning that it may pull ahead of the United States in new technologies—and its human rights record. He says he would mount a more effective pushback against China than Trump and work more closely with allies to pressure Beijing.

  • Biden agrees with Trump that China is breaking international trade rules, unfairly subsidizing Chinese companies, and discriminating against U.S. firms and stealing their intellectual property. He says one million manufacturing jobs to China.
  • However, he says Trump’s broad tariffs are “erratic” and “self-defeating,” and he instead calls for targeted retaliation against China using existing trade laws and building a united front of allies. He warns that China is making massive investments in energy, infrastructure, and technology that threaten to leave the United States behind.
  • He criticized Trump’s January 2020 “phase one” trade deal with China, “the big winner” and arguing that increased purchases of U.S. agricultural products won’t address China’s “illegal and unfair” economic practices.
  • He has Trump for accepting China’s assurances about the coronavirus pandemic, and says the Trump administration’s travel ban failed to halt visitors from China. He says he would insist on greater transparency from the Chinese government.