‘I Don’t Want To Contain China,’ Biden Says In Beijing’s Backyard

Biden is on the third day of his Asian trip that included stops in India for the G20 summit and Vietnam to upgrade the bilateral relationship.

  • Three days into high-profile visits to the capitals of India and Vietnam, President Joe Biden said that his presence and moves to strengthen ties with China’s neighbors weren’t designed to “contain” Beijing. And he repeated that phrase — again and again.
  • Biden’s team has said previously it doesn’t aim to curb China’s rise, even when it imposes strict export controls on technologies crucial for its military development and takes steps to move closer to other countries in Asia.
  • But the remarks, and the setting of the message, is the strongest signal the administration has sent to Beijing that it doesn’t want to foment a new Cold War.
  • “I just want to make sure we have a relationship with China that is on the up and up, squared away. Everybody knows what it’s all about,” Biden said.
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