Biden draws a hard line on China and Iran


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President Joe Biden on Sunday gave the first indications that he would not completely reverse the tough lines taken by the previous US administration toward China and Iran. The United States will not lift sanctions against Iran to bring the country back to the negotiating table on a nuclear deal, the president said on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” his first televised interview since taking office last month. Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei had warned before Biden spoke that his country would not start negotiating again until economic sanctions were lifted. Biden also said that China should prepare for “extreme competition” from the United States, but not for conflict. Chinese President Xi Jinping “does not have a democratic bone in his body,” Biden said. He added that he has not spoken to Jinping, whom he once called “a bully”, since he took office. His statement came a day after Secretary of State Antony Blinken said he had warned his Chinese counterpart that Washington would “hold Beijing responsible” for human rights violations and “abuses of the international system.” From the Archives (November 2020): Biden selects veteran diplomat Antony Blinken as Secretary of State. Here’s why Europe should cheer

The outlook: Biden confirms that he is unwilling to totally reverse the course of former President Donald Trump‘s tough stance against America’s enemies. And he clearly pointed out that the less confrontational style of American diplomacy would change more than the substance. One area where Biden is expected to be tougher than Trump is America’s policy toward Russia. After his first phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin shortly after his inauguration, Biden said that he had brought up the fate of dissident Alexei Navalny, recently sentenced to three and a half years in prison upon his return from Germany, where he was treated. by poisoning. Read: Myanmar coup and Navalny trial will test US and European policies towards economic sanctions