President Biden emphasized the importance of maintaining a “rational relationship with China” while acknowledging the country as America’s biggest economic competitor. He stated that he does not intend to harm China, but he continues to closely monitor the situation. The president’s remarks reflect the complex diplomacy his administration is engaging in, aiming to ease tensions and address economic and military threats from China and its Communist leadership.
The relationship between the United States and China soured due to the spy balloon incident and the discovery of malicious computer code embedded in critical infrastructure networks controlled by the U.S. military. Despite this, President Biden has expressed a desire for competition rather than conflict with China, taking measures to minimize the risk of military clashes.
American officials have been holding meetings with their Chinese counterparts, and Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo is scheduled to visit China in the coming weeks.