US-China relations: Biden’s pick for secretary of state seen as ‘someone Beijing can work with’

US-China relations: Biden’s pick for secretary of state seen as ‘someone Beijing can work with’

US president-elect Joe Biden’s choice for secretary of state is seen as a moderate and someone Beijing could work with, Chinese analysts say, as China watches for clues on the future direction of the relationship.

Biden announced on Monday that he has nominated Antony Blinken, his foreign policy adviser, to be America’s top diplomat.

Analysts say the choice could lead to a change in tack on Washington’s China policy, which has seen worsening tensions between the world’s two largest economies under President Donald Trump, as they head towards what some call a “new Cold War”.

Jia Qingguo, an international relations professor at Peking University, said Blinken may be an official China can work with to stabilise relations.

“But whoever is appointed the next secretary of state will be better than the current one,” Jia said, referring to Mike Pompeo, a China hawk and target of frequent attacks in Beijing’s state media outlets.