SINGAPORE – Beijing is concerned that presidential elections that would make countries in Asia more likely to partner with the US to counter China under China – and want to prevent that from happening according to a political consultation.
“I think the key for them is to really try and be able to prevent the US from mobilizing many or most of these countries in what China would see as an anti-China alliance,” Andrew Gilholm, Control Ricks The director said. Analysis practice for Greater China and North Asia.
Tensions between the US and China have increased under President Donald Trump as the administration pushed forward the “America First” agenda, often adopting a unilateral approach rather than coordinating with allies.
Reuters reported that foreign ministers of Japan, India and Australia kept their statements unclear at the quadrilateral security talks in Tokyo last month, while Foreign Minister Mike Pompeo strongly criticized the Chinese Communist Party.
It is set to change under Biden’s leadership. He has emphasized the need for the US to work with other countries, and supports this strategy for Antony Blinken, the head of foreign policy.
US and Chinese flags were displayed on a table before a meeting.
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Gilholm told CNBC’s “Squawk Box Asia” that Japan, India and South Korea are economically important to China, but Beijing is well aware of Tokyo’s relationship with Washington.
He said on Thursday that China has no illusions regarding Japan’s close alliance with the US and to a lesser extent South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in.
He said that in South-East Asia, there is a “great divergence” between countries in terms of their position on China.
“But I think for China, their concern is that with the end of the Trump era, the chances of the US coordinating its China policy with these countries and with more countries have improved,” he said. “China will be very keen to stop every country involved.”