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Despite frosty talks, Biden will be good for U.S.-China relationship, says ex-defence secretary

EconomyMar 20, 2021 05:31AM ET
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BEIJING (Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden "will be good for the relationship" between China and the United States, even though both sides might have "started a little on frosty side", former U.S. Secretary of Defense William Cohen told a Beijing forum.

Speaking via video link to the China Development Forum, Cohen, who has known Biden since 1972, said U.S. engagement with China will be more professional, diplomatic and civil under Biden, as compared to the name-calling during Trump era.

China and U.S. top diplomats clashed publicly in their opening remarks at a meeting in Alaska this week, which ended hours before the forum in Beijing on Saturday, leading some observers to worry relations could be even worse than during the previous Trump administration, which saw ties sink to a historic low since diplomatic relations were established.

The private Alaska talks actually went better than what was displayed in public, David Rubenstein, a former U.S. government policy advisor and co-founder of Carlyle Group (NASDAQ:CG), told the forum.

But he does not expect a meeting between Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping within a year.

"That's a good thing," he said.

"Because this means they're working behind the scenes to make certain when the summit occurs, there will be something productive occurring at that summit," he said.

Despite frosty talks, Biden will be good for U.S.-China relationship, says ex-defence secretary
 

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RichUncle Pennybags
RichUncle Pennybags Mar 21, 2021 6:33AM ET
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The middle east believed oil gave them power to attack america. America opened up oil production and it destroyed their power and economy. China assembles toys. Whether they are tvs, phones, or tranformers they are just toys. Every country could easily just delete that from the equation and it would quickly obliterate the chinese economy. Can china keep their over populated starving people happy through that as they starve? I seriously doubt it. Their dependency on those jobs is a major problem for them. However america doesnt rely on those toys they assemble for jobs. It would be quite easy for americans to stop buying toys. The greatest trick america did was convince an entire continent to assemble their toys for them and make them smile while they were doing it.
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Gary SKY saw Mar 20, 2021 11:20AM ET
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If China and America can get together, I say IF, which countries will be destroy in terms of economy? I think alot countries out there wants America and China to be at war
Kaveh Sun
Kaveh Sun Mar 20, 2021 10:13AM ET
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They call him China Biden for no reason?
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Go get a life kaveh, be careful what you wish for
Tenemos Avoir
Tenemos Avoir Mar 20, 2021 9:59AM ET
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Biden will be good for China...as will Nancy, Chuck, and Kamala.
John Pelaez
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selling out will always make you friends. America gets sold out again for sure.
Evgeny Syrtsov
Evgeny Syrtsov Mar 20, 2021 9:43AM ET
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Biden is a Chinese puppet
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By good do they mean bending over?
CHAD TENDIES
CHAD TENDIES Mar 20, 2021 7:51AM ET
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Beijing Biden
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lol
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The US will be good for Biden-China personal relations.
 
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